BELFAST, Maine — An Orland man was arrested at the Canadian border this weekend after a Waldo County police investigation resulted in charges of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact against a minor.
Robert M. Denike, 50, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was younger than 14 when the alleged assault happened seven years ago in Winterport, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
His bail was set Monday afternoon at $250,000 surety or $50,000 cash. Denike’s initial court appearance was held by videoconference from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Should he meet bail, conditions include that he not be allowed direct or indirect contact with the victim or with any children under 16 years old.
Trafton said Monday that the sheriff’s office received a call last week from Denike’s estranged wife about the alleged assault. The chief deputy said that when Detective Gerry Lincoln tried to speak with Denike, he learned that the Orland man has dual citizenship with Canada and had gone there through Houlton.
“There was definitely probable cause that something had occurred,” Trafton said.
Lincoln alerted officials at the state’s border crossings that he had probable cause to arrest Denike, in case he tried to come back to Maine. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Denike was spotted at the crossing near Jackman. He was detained by the federal border crossing agents and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office sent an officer to pick him up. Lincoln met them along the way and took Denike into police custody.
Denike refused to talk to Lincoln, Trafton said, and the case is still under investigation. Denike was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked and from there transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Both of the charges levied against him are class A felony crimes, which carry a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Denike’s case will be presented to a Waldo County Grand Jury in February 2014. His next court date is a status conference scheduled for Jan. 30, 2014 at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.