ROCHESTER, N.H. — A former Maine man is facing a felonious sexual assault charge accusing him of committing statutory rape in Rochester.
Justin Sanchez, 22, is an inmate at the Strafford County jail after being indicted by a grand jury in March on the felonious sexual assault charge, a Class B felony.
According to the indictment, Sanchez allegedly had sex with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the offense. The alleged sexual assault occurred between July 14, 2011, and Aug. 11, 2011, on Norway Plains Road in Rochester.
Sanchez is currently incarcerated at the Strafford County House of Corrections, on $10,000 cash only bail. If he posts his bail, he will be supervised by the Strafford County Community Corrections program.
On March 27, Sanchez entered a not-guilty plea and waived his arraignment, which had been scheduled for March 28 at Strafford County Superior Court. The preliminary pretrial conference for his felony charge has not yet been scheduled.
According to court documents, Sanchez used to live at 112 High St. in Sanford, Maine, but his address is now listed as 5 Peterborough St., Boston.
Court documents also indicate that Rochester police initially charged Sanchez with two counts of felonious sexual assault, in the category of statutory rape, but the grand jury only indicted him on one count.
On Dec. 12, Judge Daniel Cappiello, of Rochester Circuit Court, gave an order of protection, prohibiting Sanchez from contacting the alleged victim, who is now 15 years old, as well as a male infant, who recently turned 1 year old.
On Dec. 20, Sanchez was placed in the bail supervision program with the Strafford County Community Corrections Program, and on Dec. 28, he allegedly violated his bail conditions by contacting the alleged victim in the case. After the violation, he surrendered to police, according to court documents.
If Sanchez is convicted of the felonious sexual assault charge, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 3-7 years in state prison, and a $4,000 fine.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a jury found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
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