Bath man to serve 5 years for aggravated assault; gross sexual assault charge dropped

Posted April 07, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Last modified April 07, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Christopher Graffam
Christopher Graffam

BATH, Maine — A 31-year-old man originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of gross sexual assault on another man will serve five years in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to the aggravated assault charges.

Christopher Graffam was arrested early March 20, 2013, outside a Washington Street apartment building after police found an unconscious 31-year-old man lying on the ground.

Graffam was charged at the time with two counts of aggravated assault for what police described as “bursting into the apartment uninvited and dragging [the alleged victim] down the stairs.”

After interviewing the victim and a witness — who told police they were “terrified” of Graffam — police also charged Graffam with gross sexual assault.

According to a sentencing memo from Sagadahoc County Assistant District Attorney Patricia Mador, Graffam immediately confessed to assaulting the woman and the man.

Mador wrote that Graffam was convicted in 2003 of simple assault and aggravated assault and in 2012 of violating a protection-from-abuse order.

According to terms of a plea agreement, Graffam pleaded guilty to both counts of aggravated assault and the Class A charge of gross sexual assault was dismissed.

On March 21, Judge Andrew Horton sentenced him to eight years in jail, all but five years suspended, and three years of probation.

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.

 

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Graffam was charged with assaulting a woman who was at the apartment and that he would serve three years in prison.

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