Alleged sex offender caught in Colorado to face charges locally

William Hickey

ELLSWORTH — A 65-year-old man has been arrested on a 2007 warrant charging him with the sexual abuse of a young girl and extradited from Colorado to face charges in Hancock County.

William Hickey, 65, whose current address is Taft, Calif., was indicted by a grand jury in June 2007 on three counts of Class B unlawful sexual contact. An arrest warrant was issued at the time and Hickey has been on the run since, according to Hancock County District Attorney Carletta Bassano.

Hickey was arrested April 16 in Burlington, Colo., by the Burlington Police Department, according to Lyn Snyder, the department’s office manager. She said Officer Sean Williford stopped Hickey’s vehicle, which had California plates, for failure to signal while turning from I-70 into the town’s welcome center. The outstanding warrant was discovered during a check of Hickey’s driver’s license and he was taken into custody, she said.

No local charges were filed against Hickey. An adult passenger and two children were in the vehicle when it was stopped, Snyder said.

Hickey was extradited to Maine on May 3 and booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth on May 9.

Hickey is accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl in Orland between December 2006 and April 2007, Bassano said. She declined to release other details of the case. The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, is on vacation and unavailable for comment.

Hickey is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 20.

Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each count.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander