BRUNSWICK, Maine — A former Bowdoin College student charged in May with raping another student has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury.
Logan Taylor, 21, of Brunswick was indicted on a single count of gross sexual assault, a Class A felony that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Brunswick police arrested Taylor in the early morning hours of May 25 for a crime that allegedly occurred the previous night.
Officers went to the area of the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge just after 2:30 a.m. that day after Bowdoin security guards reported that a 20-year-old female student had called them for a ride, and was worried about a friend who had been with her but who left before authorities arrived, police said at the time.
When police arrived at the scene, “she alleged that this acquaintance of hers had raped her earlier in the night,” Brunswick police Sgt. Paul Hansen said in May.
Brunswick officers, along with police dogs from Freeport and Topsham, searched for several hours before Topsham police found Taylor just before 5 a.m. near Granite Hill Road in Topsham.
The alleged victim was treated at Mid Coast Hospital, police said at the time.
But the original charge was dismissed in August after prosecutors failed to present it to a grand jury within three sessions of Taylor’s initial appearance due to “several outstanding matters,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan said in September. Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, the DA’s office was free to pursue the charges within the statute of limitations.
Taylor resigned from the college this summer and is no longer enrolled, Bowdoin spokesman Doug Cook said Tuesday.
Cook said the college had no comment on the matter.
At the time of Taylor’s arrest, the college began an independent investigation of the incident, the Bowdoin Orient reported in September, but Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education Benje Douglas told the student newspaper that the investigation was dropped after Taylor, who was due to graduate in 2017, left Bowdoin.
Bowdoin College updated its sexual misconduct policy this year, and in July the college hired attorney Kai McGintee of Bernstein Shur to independently investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, Douglas told the Orient earlier this month.
Twenty sex offenses were reported on the Bowdoin campus during the 2014 calendar year, according to the annual Clery Campus Crime Report — up from six reported in 2013 and four in 2012, the Orient reported.
The date of Taylor’s next court appearance was not immediately available on Tuesday.