BANGOR, Maine — A 27-year-old local man was arrested in September and charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor for having sex with a girl about half his age, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts said Tuesday he offered Jaime L. Percival a plea bargain late last week in exchange for a guilty or no contest plea that would send him to prison for 18 months, with all but 60 days suspended.
Percival is expected to decide later this week whether he accepts the plea deal, which would require him to register as a sex offender, Roberts said.
Percival was arrested after an investigation by Bangor police Detective Brent Beaulieu that started in June. Beaulieu obtained a warrant for Percival’s arrest on Sept. 7 and Percival was picked up shortly after that and booked into Penobscot County Jail, Edwards said.
Percival, who was released on bail, was arrested again on Oct. 7 when he reportedly was following the victim, who was age 14 when the sexual abuse allegedly started but who has since turned 15, the sergeant said.
“The victim in this case was on the school bus,” Edwards said. “The victim saw the suspect drive by and drive by again later … like he was following the school bus.”
Percival was arrested because “we had probable cause that he was stalking the school bus,” the sergeant said.
Percival was charged with violating his bail conditions, which bar him from being around the victim, and for passing a stopped school bus, Edwards said. Percival again was arrested and taken to jail.
“He’s due for a disposition conference on Thursday,” when he is expected to announce whether he accepts the plea agreement, Roberts said.
The girl’s mother, who said Percival had been friends with a member of her family, said Tuesday she is upset about the possible plea agreement.
“He could be out in as little as two weeks” with good behavior, the Bangor woman said.
The mother said she feels forced to leave the area to protect her child, who is an honor roll student at Bangor High School and involved in a number of school activities.
“He’s not going to stop,” she said. “He hasn’t yet. Why would he when he gets out? We’re leaving the state.”
Percival could get up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if he declines the plea agreement and is convicted in court of felony sexual abuse of a minor.