Sex Offender In Treatment Program

ELLSWORTH — A scheduled court date Friday for a 16-year-old Bar Harbor boy accused of sexually assaulting a family member was postponed until a psychological evaluation of the defendant is completed, according to the district attorney’s office.


The boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was arrested March 16 by Bar Harbor police on a charge of gross sexual assault. The boy allegedly sexually assaulted a younger sibling in separate incidents “over a period of time,” according to assistant district attorney Mary Kellett.

“He admitted responsibility from the start,” Ms. Kellett said of the defendant. The psychological evaluation will be used in determining a proper sentence for the defendant, she added.

The defendant is currently enrolled in a treatment program for young sexual offenders, Ms. Kellett said. The Chrysalis Program, based in Calais, is a residential program designed to treat young people with problematic sexual behaviors.

“Kids are much easier to treat than adults,” Ms. Kellett said. Most juvenile sex offenders go on to lead healthy adult lives, she explained.

At the time of his arrest, the defendant also was charged with violating the terms of his probation. According to police, the boy is on probation for convictions for criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

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