‘Violent predator’ to be sentenced Friday for assaulting girl, mother in Brunswick

Darrell McCauley
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Darrell McCauley
Posted Feb. 26, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A developmentally disabled Brunswick man who prosecutors describe as “a violent predator” with “a significant history of violence toward others, specifically women and children,” will be sentenced Friday for assaulting a 12-year-old girl and her mother in January 2013 in the parking lot of a Pleasant Street restaurant.

Darrell McCauley, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, which were elevated from misdemeanors to felonies based on his criminal history, according to a sentencing memo from Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan.

McCauley, who lived at a Brunswick group home, was charged as a result of the incident, in which he approached a 12-year-old girl in the restaurant parking lot and kissed her on the mouth on the afternoon of Jan. 31, 2013.

As his caseworker, an employee of Granite Bay Care, pulled him away, he continued to attempt to kiss her, and then kicked the girl’s then-45-year-old mother in the face after the woman walked up to McCauley in the parking lot and asked him what he was doing.

At his July arraignment, McCauley pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, but after a determination that he was competent to stand trial, he pleaded guilty to both counts on Jan. 10.

According to Madigan’s memo, McCauley’s convictions include an assault on a female relative in the Belfast area in 2000, approaching and touching an 11-year-old girl in a restroom at Black Mountain Ski Area in 2001, sexually assaulting another patient and staff at the Augusta Mental Health Institute in 2002, and assaulting a corrections officer in 2004.

In September 2003, McCauley slipped away from an Augusta apartment supervised by Employment Specialists of Maine, walked into the back yard, which abuts several family homes, and jumped onto a 7-year-old girl who was playing in her back yard, police said at the time. According to then-state Rep. Julie O’Brien of Augusta, McCauley kissed and groped the girl before ESM staff pulled him off.

In addition to the convictions, “multiple charges have been dismissed over the years,” Madigan wrote.

In a 2002 letter, Dr. James Fine, clinical director of the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services, stated of McCauley, “Every conceivable indicator for sexual perpetration and assault that this writer can think of, is present.”

McCauley demonstrated predatory sexualized behaviors directed at both children and adults, Fine wrote, adding, “This man represents a clear and present danger to others … he cannot be contained in any mental health facility … he should not be released from incarceration.”

In another memo, Fine wrote, “It is more than likely that his behavior will result in grievous bodily injury or death.”

Madigan’s memo asks the court to sentence McCauley to five years for each of the two counts, consecutive to each other. He suggests sentencing him to an intensive mental health unit within the Maine State Prison system.

McCauley has been held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail since pleading guilty.

He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mary Kelly at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Cumberland County District Court.

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