Sidney man accused of gross sexual assault free on bail; Kennebec County DA not pleased

Posted June 06, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Sidney man accused of gross sexual assault to a young girl he was babysitting has been freed on bail, and Kennebec County’s district attorney was not pleased with the decision.

Eric Bard, 24, was arrested and charged in July of 2012.

Gross Sexual Assault is a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Eighteen of the 21 charges Bard is facing are Class A crimes, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

“I haven’t been more upset with a bail decision,” Maloney said Friday morning.

The decision was made by a judge Wednesday, Maloney said, adding that Bard will be allowed to live with his mother.

The victim, who was four years old at the time of the assault, told police following Bard’s arrest he touched her, went in the shower with her and took photos with her.

Bard will be supervised by Fullcircle Supports Inc., a mental health agency based in Hallowell, Maloney said.

Maloney said she wanted Bard to be tried this month, but a defense attorney wanted him evaluated.

“He was found competent to stand trial already by the court, but he’s going to be evaluated again,” Maloney said.

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