April 09, 2020
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Belfast man accused of abusing foster child indicted

BELFAST, Maine — A longtime foster parent from Belfast was indicted last week by the Waldo County Grand Jury and charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact against a 9-year-old foster child.

Lawrence D. Oxton, 71, was arrested in May after an investigation by the Belfast Police Department that was triggered by a referral from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The child — who at that point was no longer living at Oxton’s Pitcher Road home — told another caregiver about inappropriate contact that allegedly had happened with Oxton.

At first, Oxton denied inappropriate contact with the child, police told the BDN in May. But then he went to the Belfast Police Department and told the sergeant on duty that he was there to turn himself in, although there were no warrants or charges pending at that time.

When Chief Mike McFadden interviewed Oxton again, he found the probable cause to make an arrest.

Oxton, who was a foster parent for 15 years, was charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A felony, and unlawful sexual contact, a Class B felony. A Class A felony carries a penalty of as much as 30 years imprisonment and $50,000 fine, while a Class B offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

He is free on $10,000 cash bail.

Also indicted by the grand jury were:

Sara D. Johnstone, 30, Belfast, two counts negotiating a worthless instrument.

Katie R. Vanscoy, 31, Belfast, criminal operating under the influence, operating after suspension, failure to stop and driving to endanger.

Darrin A. Hardesty, 29, Weeks Mills, six counts burglary, six counts theft by unauthorized taking, six counts criminal mischief and two counts criminal trespass.

Joshua W. Davis, 28, Palermo, six counts burglary, six counts theft by unauthorized taking, six counts criminal mischief, two counts criminal trespass.

Phillip McFadden, 22, Waldo, eluding an officer, failure to stop for an officer, criminal operating under the influence, criminal speed, driving to endanger, violation of conditions of release.

Christopher M. Herrick, 33, Belfast, unlawful possession of oxycodone, violation of conditions of release.

Joey A. Philbrook, 29, Thorndike, aggravated forgery, operating after revocation, theft by unauthorized taking.

Victor James Pendleton, 24, Belfast, failure to report.

Nicholas Allen Hart, 29, Prospect, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating after suspension, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, violation of conditions of release.

Leah Ross, 38, Searsport, theft by unauthorized taking.

Ernest R. Cook, 57, Burnham, violation of sex offender registry.

Tracey Oliver, 38, Monroe, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Jason L. Young, 41, Swanville, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence.

Joyce M. Bottiglierie, 46, Fairfield, negotiating a worthless instrument.

Kyle Joseph Skinner, 36, Belfast, theft by insurance deception, arson, attempted theft by deception.

Harley Wyman, 29, Skowhegan, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Dale R. Rowe, 31, Troy, passing a road block, failure to stop for an officer, driving to endanger, operating after suspension.

George R. Russell, 27, Thorndike, theft by unauthorized taking.

Kaylib Michael Doughty, 23, Brooks, unlawful trafficking of heroin.

Rebecca C. Rogers, 26, Brooks, unlawful trafficking of heroin.

Semonie J. Littlefield, 39, Swanville, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Kyle K. White, 23, unlawful possession of oxycodone, aggravated trafficking in oxycodone and unlawful trafficking in oxycodone.

Corey Jason Pendleton, 46, Northport, aggravated assault, obstructing report of crime or injury, refusing to submit to arrest, criminal mischief.

Michael S. Lewis, 27, Belmont, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest.

Benjamin R. Young, 24, Morrill, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, violation of conditions of release.

Jesse Degenhardt, 29, Veazie, theft by deception, forgery.

Daniel C. Randall, 35, Waldo, aggravated trafficking in oxycodone.

John J. Morton, 48, Searsport, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault.

Patrick R. Bickford, 27, Jackson, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of conditions of release.

James W. Hitchcock, 45, Unity, theft by unauthorized taking, misuse of identification.


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