Ellsworth man accused of ‘sexting’ 14-year-old

Posted June 05, 2009, at 10:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Ellsworth police have charged a 27-year-old local man with disorderly conduct in connection with his allegedly sending text messages with explicit sexual content to a 14-year-old girl from Ellsworth.

Jeremiah Bancroft of Ellsworth was “sexting” the girl over a period of time, according to Sgt. Glenn Moshier of the Ellsworth Police Department.

The initial complaint came in late last month, he said, but there was some question concerning jurisdiction and whether the alleged crime had taken place in Ellsworth.

Moshier said officers later determined that at least some of the text messages had been sent from Ellsworth.

Moshier said Bancroft initially had contacted the girl through the Internet sites MySpace and Facebook. That relationship changed into exchanging cell phone text messages, he said.

Bancroft allegedly texted the girl, sending her sexually explicit types of messages. No photos were exchanged.

According to Moshier, the girl’s mother warned Bancroft to stop sending her daughter messages. When she learned that the messages had continued, she contacted police. Detective Dorothy Small interviewed the girl and her mother and police have recovered about 20 messages from the girl’s cell phone.

After interviewing Bancroft, Small issued him a summons on the disorderly conduct charge. He has been ordered to have no further contact with the girl.

Bancroft is scheduled to appear in Ellsworth District Court on July 21.

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