June 19, 2018
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Judge rejects supervised visit plan for Rockport man accused of sexually assaulting children

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge rejected Monday the request by a 53-year-old Rockport man to have the assistant pastor of his church supervise visits with his children as he awaits a trial on charges that he sexually assaulted two young girls.

Judge Susan Sparaco agreed, however, to allow Mark W. Cayouette to visit his children if they are supervised by an independent third party approved by the state.

Cayouette was arrested July 19 and later released from the Knox County Jail on $2,500 cash bail on two counts of unlawful sexual contact.

Two girls ages 9 and 10 told a relative that Cayouette sexually assaulted them, according to a police affidavit. Police said Cayouette admitted to the allegations and that he was relieved he had been caught.

In the initial bail conditions Cayouette was prohibited from having contact with anyone younger than 16 years old.

His attorney Eric “Rick” Morse proposed the plan Monday that would allow the assistant pastor of the Rockport Baptist Church to monitor Cayouette’s visits with his children. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody objected to any supervised visits but said if the court was going to grant such visits that the supervision should be done by someone outside the family’s sphere.

Morse said that it would be costly to pay someone to serve as a monitor. He said his client has no record and is in treatment.

Sparaco said the proposal of supervised visits with an independent party was a reasonable compromise.

Cayouette’s next court date is Nov. 26.

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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