Prosecutors say the alleged victim in a sex trafficking case who was scheduled to testify against her fiance has been found dead.
The Sun Journal reports Assistant District Attorney Nathan Walsh said he will dismiss the felony sex trafficking charge filed against 36-year-old Martin Gerding following the woman’s death.
Walsh said he was told by Maine State Police Monday that the body of the 38-year-old woman was found in Oxford County.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the woman’s cause of death.
Walsh said Gerding will still face felony charges of violating bail. He said the charges stem from Gerding’s alleged contact with the victim before the trial.
Walsh said prosecutors will review the evidence in the case before filing additional charges.
If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.