Former Calais man convicted of two sex crimes against teens

Seth Larkin sits at defense counsel table in Washington County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Tim Cox | BDN
Seth Larkin sits at defense counsel table in Washington County Superior Court on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 6:47 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A former Calais man was found guilty Wednesday of committing sex crimes against two teenagers.

A Washington County Superior Court jury found Seth Larkin guilty of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. Judge Robert Murray ordered Larkin, 28, held without bail as he awaits sentencing within the next few weeks.

While Murray and attorneys for both sides were considering bail and scheduling issues, Larkin’s mother, Viola Francis, began screaming at the mother of one of the victims. Court security personnel escorted Francis from the courtroom, and order was restored.

Larkin could be sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison on the charge of gross sexual assault and up to five years for the other crime.

Attorneys for both sides must file sentencing memoranda by Feb. 12, and Larkin will be sentenced no later than the first week in March.

The two female victims testified Tuesday during the two-day trial. In addition, Larkin’s former girlfriend testified that he threatened retaliation against the two teens if they went to the authorities. Larkin testified in his own behalf, denying any wronging.

The crimes took place May 25, 2013, in the Calais apartment where Larkin lived with his former girlfriend, Mary Mitchell.

The two young women, aged 16 and 18, who were visiting Mitchell and spent the night in the apartment, testified that the sexual encounters occurred with Larkin the next morning.

Larkin was alone with the two young women briefly in a bedroom and said he wanted to see their breasts and would expose himself, the 16-year-old testified. Later, she was in a bathroom with him and Larkin took her hand and placed it on his exposed genitals, she said. She said she pushed her way out of the bathroom and went downstairs.

The 18-year-old said Larkin followed her into a bedroom and forced her to perform oral sex. He then removed her pants and forced intercourse, she testified. At various times she resisted and told him to get off her, she said.

Larkin denied the younger woman’s claims of unlawful sexual contact. He conceded he had sexual relations with the older teen but said their encounter had been consensual.

First assistant district attorney Paul Cavanaugh and defense attorney Toff Toffolon delivered their closing arguments late Wednesday morning, and the case went to the jury shortly after noon. The jurors at one point requested to have some witness testimony read back to them and reached a verdict at about 4 p.m.

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