February 24, 2020
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MDI man indicted in abuse of minor

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Southwest Harbor man on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and tampering with a witness.

Frank Rees, 83, who was charged with manslaughter 12 years ago after he struck and killed a pedestrian, was arrested in February. The charges stem from incidents involving a 15-year-old girl over a period of four months, beginning last October.

The grand jury indicted Rees on one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of unlawful sexual touching. He also was indicted on one count of tampering with a witness.

According to police reports, Rees allegedly made an offer to the family if they would agree not to file a complaint with the police.

Tampering with a witness is a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. The charge of sexual abuse of a minor is a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $2,000.

Rees was never tried on the 1997 manslaughter charge, nor did he face trial in a 1999 incident in which he allegedly had offered a woman in Sullivan $2,000 in exchange for sex, grabbed her arm and kissed her neck, according to previous reports. In both cases, Rees, who suffers from dementia, was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

He did stand trial, however, and was convicted in 2001 on a charge of assault after he exposed himself to a woman in an elevator.

The grand jury also indicted a Blue Hill man on multiple sex charges. Theodore S. Stanislaw, 50, was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual contact; two counts of unlawful sexual abuse; four counts of unlawful sexual contact; six counts of assault; and one count of sexual abuse of a minor. The incident took place in 2004.

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