BIDDEFORD, Maine — It was standing room only inside the Biddeford council meeting Tuesday night where alleged victims came forward with horrifying accusations.
In recent weeks, several people have come forward claiming they were sexually abused when they were underage by now former Biddeford police officers.
Allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a former Biddeford police officer came to light after a victim posted his story on Facebook.
The Facebook post gave others, like Rick Alexander, the courage to fight for justice a second time. “It fell on deaf ears 13 years ago and here I am today,” Alexander said.
Alexander says the former officer now lives in Florida. Even though decades have passed, Alexander says he remembers the abuse from the man who lived six doors down from him.
“This guy took over the role of an authoritative figure and used that as a sexual tool,” Alexander said. “I got to the point where I was living in the woods. I was sleeping in the woods. I would leave my house because I didn’t want to be seen by him.”
Alexander says the same detective that looked into his case in 2002 is looking into the new claims. But this time the community is demanding answers.
The Biddeford police chief wasn’t at Tuesday’s meeting and the city says they cannot comment on any past or current criminal investigations.
Many of the alleged victims are calling for the police chief to be suspended while the accusations are investigated by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.