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Brewer man accused of raping UMaine student makes court appearance

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man accused of raping a female University of Maine student in October made his first appearance Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Kyle Harriman, 18, did not enter a plea to the charge of gross sexual assault, a Class A felony, because he has not been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. He could be indicted later this month. The grand jury next meets Wednesday, Dec. 22.

District Court Judge E. Mary Kelly ruled Thursday that Harriman may remain free on the $500 bail posted Nov. 4 when he was released from Penobscot County Jail. Bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victim and one of her friends and not returning to the Orono campus.

Harriman may have been a visitor to campus Saturday, Oct. 16, the night of the alleged assault. He never has been enrolled at the university, Joe Carr, spokesman for UMaine, said Thursday.

The alleged victim, whose age, hometown and on-campus residence have not been released, reported the incident to campus police Tuesday, Oct. 19, according to information provided by the District Attorney’s Office.

Harriman met the victim through a mutual female friend, Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said after the defendant’s court appearance. That woman accompanied the victim to the police station on campus, he said.

A few days later, the mutual friend made a phone call to Harriman that was recorded by police, Trainor said. In that conversation, Harriman allegedly acknowledged that the victim had told him “no” and “to stop.”

According to the transcript of the telephone conversation, Trainor said, Harriman told the mutual friend that the victim’s words “hadn’t registered” with him.

Harriman is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 14. If his case is not resolved that day, a jury is scheduled to be selected March 7 for a trial.

If convicted, Harriman faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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