Lifetime sex offender registrant from Hermon sentenced to 15 years for sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, at 10:38 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 16, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
Robert O. Peak
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Robert O. Peak

BANGOR, Maine — A convicted sex offender from Hermon charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl was sentenced last week to 15 years behind bars and 15 years of probation when released from prison, Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford said Monday.

“It was a very serious case,” she said. “We were satisfied with the sentence.”

Robert O. Peak, 53, who was required to register as a sex offender for life based on a 1994 conviction in Belfast Superior Court, was indicted for gross sexual assault by a Penobscot County grand jury in September.

He was scheduled to have a dispositional conference on Dec. 9 at the Penobscot Judicial Center and decided to enter a guilty plea and was sentenced that day, said Clifford, who handled the case for the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to the time behind bars, there are “all kinds of sexual offense conditions” tied to Peak’s 15 years of supervised release, including that he is barred from being around children.

“Anything and everything you can think of” have been added as conditions of his release, Clifford said.

“It’s a good sentence,” Detective Andrew Whitehouse of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, who arrested Peak in July, said Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center where he was working on another case.

Whitehouse received a Department of Health and Human Services referral on July 3 regarding Peak “playing games” of a sexual nature with the girl, according to court documents.

She told the detective on July 5 that the two played a secret game that involved the touching of their genitals.

“Robert told her it was a secret and that she should not talk about it,” the girl told the detective.

After speaking with the girl, Whitehouse spoke with Peak, who blamed the girl repeatedly during the interview saying she got on top of him while he was sleeping, according to court documents.

He told Whitehouse a medical condition prevented him from engaging in sexual activity, according to the affidavit.

Later in the interview, however, he admitted that on Feb. 14 he sexually abused the girl.

Peak was convicted in 1994 in Belfast Superior Court on eight counts of gross sexual assault involving a person under the age of 14, his sex offender registry page states. He was sentenced to nine years with all but five years suspended and six years of probation, according to the prosecutor for the day when he was originally arrested.

Peak has been in Penobscot County Jail unable to pay his $100,000 bail, and was sent to the Maine State Prison in Warren after he was sentenced, a jail official said.

If Peak chose a trial and was convicted of the gross sexual assault against a minor charge, he would have faced up to 30 years in prison.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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