June 23, 2018
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Lincoln man accused of having sex with two teens back behind bars

Daniel Rice
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Lincoln man who has been accused in separate cases of having sexual intercourse with two teenage girls is facing new charges after allegedly continuing to have sex with one of the victims while he was free on bail.

Daniel Rice, 21, stated to at least three girls in text messages, “I want to take your virginity,” according to the most recent complaint filed at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Court documents did not say whether he sent that message to either of his alleged victims.

Rice remained Tuesday at Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail set Monday at $10,000 cash.

He first was charged Sept. 17 in a summons with sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in her parents’ garage, according to Tracy Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.

He pleaded not guilty to the Class D crime in November and was released on $2,000 unsecured bail, the prosecutor said Tuesday. Conditions included not having contact with the victim or minors under the age of 16 except for a sibling.

Rice was indicted Jan. 2 by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the laundry room of a Lincoln apartment house. He pleaded not guilty to that charge and was released on the same bail and conditions set in the earlier case, according to documents filed at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

On Monday, Rice was charged with three additional counts of gross sexual assault for allegedly continuing his relationship with the 13-year-old, according to court documents. He also was charged with three counts of violation of conditions of release, Class C crimes.

Lacher said Tuesday that the younger age of the second victim resulted in the more serious charges. Gross sexual assault is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Violation of condition of release is a Class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Sexual abuse of a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

The most recent charges stemmed from interviews Rice had with Lincoln police Feb. 18 when he admitted to having what he described as “traditional sex” with his 13-year-old victim on Dec. 12, Dec. 21 and Jan. 18, according to the complaint. Rice allegedly asked to go back to jail.

In a Feb. 23 interview with police, the victim allegedly admitted that she had sex with Rice on those dates.

The 13-year-old told the officer that she had broken up with Rice on Facebook on Feb. 17. The social networking site was how they arranged to meet, according to the complaint.

“[She] stated that [she] and Daniel were talking on Facebook and she was tired of Daniel always blaming her for his problems,” the complaint said. “She stated that he always says the reason he gets in trouble is because of her and she decided to end it and tell him she didn’t want to be with him anymore.”

The 13-year-old also told police that two other girls had said that Rice had been texting them. Another showed her a text message that read “I want to take your virginity,” the complaint said.

Rice is next scheduled to appear before a judge in April.

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