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Police arrest Newport man accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

NEWPORT, Maine — A local man is facing a felony charge after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, police said.

Andrew Hanson, 21, of Newport was charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A felony, Newport police Lt. Randy Wing said.

Police became aware of the alleged assault when the 13-year-old’s father contacted officers on Jan. 4 and indicated that Hanson had sexual intercourse with the juvenile two days earlier, according to court documents. The juvenile went with her father to the police department to report the assault.

According to Wing’s report, the girl first met Hanson when he spent the night at her family’s home while visiting the victim’s brother on Dec. 31. Hanson and the girl began texting. On Jan. 2, the girl went to Hanson’s apartment where he lives alone, and that is where the sexual assault occurred, police said.

Hanson told the girl not to tell anyone, as he might end up in jail, according to court documents.

After interviewing the girl, police told her father to take her to the hospital in Pittsfield so evidence could be gathered. Police combed through text messages between the girl and Hanson in which Hanson told the 13-year-old to go to the doctor and get a “morning-after pill.”

Two days after the assault, Hanson also expressed worry in text messages that a blood test would reveal a potential child resulting from the assault would reveal he was the father, and he “would go to jail.”

“If [you’re] pregnant you have to get rid of it. MY LIFE IS AT STAKE,” another text message read.

Police later recorded conversations between the girl and Hanson, in which Hanson allegedly admitted to having sex with her. Police interviewed Hanson on Jan. 10 at the police department.

“He continued to deny having sex with [the girl] until I played an excerpt of the recorded call,” Wing said.

He also said in his report that Hanson has a 26-page criminal history, including several prior assault convictions, but no prior sex offenses.

Hanson was arrested without incident at his residence on Friday and taken to Penobscot County Jail. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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