June 23, 2018
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Man facing gross sexual assault charge, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville teenager is facing a felony charge after he attempted to have sex with a woman he had been staying with for several months, police said.

Gage Wells, 18, was booked into the Kennebec County Jail on Sunday morning and charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A felony punishable by up to 25 years behind bars, Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey said.

Wells had been staying at the apartment on College Avenue “for three to four months,” according to Massey, who added the suspect was a friend of the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Gage allegedly walked in the apartment while the woman was on the phone with a friend and attempted to have sex with her, Massey said. Even though the woman refused, that didn’t stop Gage from continuing to make advances, the police chief said, before eventually leaving.

Police were called, and when Officer Tristan Russell arrived, he spotted Wells walking away from the apartment and questioned him.

Wells said to the officer, “I know why you’re here,” and Russell called for backup, Massey said. When it was determined the woman was uninjured and Wells was the alleged assailant, he was arrested, Massey said.

Wells remains at the Kennebec County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

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