Alleged sex offender arrested for Facebook contact

Larry Bunt

ELLSWORTH — A Deer Isle man charged last month with molesting a young female family member was arrested Jan. 22 on a charge of violating his bail conditions.

Larry Bunt, 52, was arrested on the bail violation charge after he allegedly attempted to add a girl under the age of 16 as a friend on the social networking site Facebook, according to Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett.

Following his arrest, Bunt was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth and released after making bail the following day, Jan. 23.

Bunt first was arrested Dec. 5 by Maine State Police Detective Jay Pelletier on two counts of gross sexual assault. His bail conditions prohibited him from having contact with children under the age of 16.

The gross sexual abuse charges involve alleged sexual assaults that began in 2000, when the girl was 4 years old, and continued until 2004, according to court documents.

The allegations came to light on Dec. 4, when the girl disclosed Bunt’s behavior to Maine State Police Detective Jennifer Fiske. The girl reportedly told the detective the abuse took place in Sedgwick and at two different homes in Deer Isle and occurred “about every other week.”

On the following day, Dec. 5, in a call recorded by police, the girl spoke with Bunt, telling him she was having issues because of the abuse and asking him if she should seek counseling. Bunt reportedly replied that, if she sought counseling, he would “end up in jail.”

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander