May 26, 2018
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Winterport man sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A Winterport man charged last summer with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, with all but nine months suspended.

David Hyatt, 74, pleaded guilty last week at Waldo County Superior Court to three charges of unlawful sexual contact and one charge of visual sexual aggression against a child. The Waldo County district attorney and the Maine attorney general’s office dismissed 12 counts of unlawful sexual contact, according to documents filed at the court.

Hyatt turned himself in last summer to authorities after being indicted by the Waldo County grand jury on the charges of sexual contact against one male victim that began in 2006, when the boy was 6 years old.

Former Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker told the BDN last summer that the victim had disclosed the abuse to a family member and then to authorities in Florida, where he now lives. Police there contacted Maine State Police, and the victim was interviewed in Florida about what happened to him when he was younger.

After his arrest, Hyatt’s bail was set at $10,000 cash.

According to court documents, after he is released from state custody, Hyatt will spend 12 years on probation, with conditions that include having no contact with the victim or his family and having no contact with children under 16.

Hyatt also must pay $100 to the Maine Victims Compensation Fund.

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.


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