Vinalhaven man charged with sex crimes against child
Rockland — A 22-year-old Vinalhaven man is in Knox County Jail on seven charges for sexual involvement with a girl less than 12 years old.
Nathaniel S. Small was arrested Oct. 12. He appeared in Sixth District Court in Rockland Oct. 15, before Judge Susan Sparaco to answer charges on two counts of gross sexual assault, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and one count of visual aggression against a child.
A status conference is scheduled in Knox County Superior Court on Dec. 26.
Bail was set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety.
The incidents took place between June 1 and Aug. 5, 2011, according to the police affidavit.
The matter became public when a relative called the Maine State Police Barracks in Houlton, near the town where the girl lived, to report Small.
Sgt. Jason D. Richards of the Maine State Police and Detective Derrin Crane from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit investigated the case.
According to the affidavit, state police obtained a search warrant and went to Vinalhaven to question Small, who admitted having sex with the girl. He admitted to taking sexually explicit photos of the girl, but said that he had destroyed them.
Computers were seized but no child pornography was found, said police.
Small’s father told police that his son had mental health issues.
Sparaco set conditions pending Small’s release that he have no contact with the victim or with children under age 16.
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