Skowhegan man indicted on gross sexual assault charges

Posted May 22, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Skowhegan man arrested in February on a charge of possession of sexually explicit materials is facing additional charges after a grand jury indicted him on Friday, according to the district attorney’s office.

Neal Teixeira, 30, was indicted on two charges of gross sexual assault with a child under the age of 12 and unlawful sexual contact with a child under the age of 12, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Thursday.

Teixeira will appear in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday, according to Maloney. He is currently being held at the Kennebec County Jail.

While it’s possible Teixeira could be released on $1,000 cash bail under the state’s pretrial contract, which allows him to be released provided he is supervised, Maloney feels that would be inappropriate given the charges, two of which are Class A felonies.

“I don’t think he should be released,” she said. “I think he should be in custody while waiting for his trial date.”

Maloney is arguing Teixeira be held on $10,000 cash bail without the option of applying for Maine pretrial.

In addition to the two gross sexual assault counts, both Class A felonies, and the unlawful sexual contact charge, a Class B felony, Teixeira also faces two charges of possession of sexually explicit materials, both Class C felonies, Maloney said.

The district attorney said a search warrant allowed police to search a storage facility in Benton where sexually explicit materials were found, which led to Teixeira’s arrest.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars on the Class A charges, 10 years on the Class B charge and 5 years on the two Class C felonies.

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