Former Calais man to serve five years in prison for sex crimes against two teens

Posted March 04, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A former Calais man convicted of sex crimes against two teenage girls was sentenced in Washington County Superior Court on Tuesday to serve five years in prison.

Seth Larkin, 28, who was held without bond since his convictions by a jury in January, was sentenced by Judge Robert Murray to 10 years in prison, with all but five suspended, for one charge of gross sexual assault. Larkin also received a sentence of four years in prison for his conviction of unlawful sexual contact. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Larkin pleaded guilty Tuesday to five new charges of violating the terms of his bail and received additional prison time, also to be served concurrently. The five charges stemmed from letters he sent from jail to a girlfriend who was a witness in the sex offense cases.

The conditions of his bail, prohibiting contact with witnesses, applied even though Larkin had not been released, explained First Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh.

Murray sentenced Larkin to three years in prison for each violation, the sentences to be served concurrently with those imposed for the sex offenses.

Larkin could have received up to 30 years in prison on the charge of gross sexual assault. Cavanaugh argued that he should serve 20 years in prison.

The two victims testified 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 and denied any wrongdoing.

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

The two young women, ages 16 and 18, were visiting Larkin’s girlfriend and spent the night in the apartment. They testified that the crimes for which Larkin was convicted took place the next morning.