ROCKLAND, Maine — A 53-year-old man remained in jail Friday afternoon, accused of assaulting a teenage girl walking on Main Street.
Ira Pearlman was charged with Class D assault, according to paperwork filed in Rockland District Court. He is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland unable to make bail.
Two girls were walking on Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when a man, later identified as Pearlman, called out to them and asked them how old they were, according to an affidavit filed by Rockland police. The man then asked if the teens wanted to go to New York City with him.
The girls kept walking but at one point stopped and he ran up to them and rubbed his crotch against the behind of one of the 14-year-old girls, according to the affidavit. The girls ran off and the victim called her father, who arrived and contacted police.
Police described Pearlman as a transient, but located him at the Brunswick Rooms on Main Street. He refused to come out of the room he was renting, however, saying police needed a warrant.
Police obtained that warrant and located Pearlman again Thursday morning in Rockland.
Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Friday afternoon in Rockland District Court at $1,500. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald asked for the bail, saying Pearlman had no ties to the area.