ROCKLAND — A 40-year-old Lincolnville man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a woman who had passed out after a night of drinking on New Year’s Day 2019.

Christopher A. Ray was given a three-year suspended jail term to be followed by two years of probation for a conviction of gross sexual assault. Ray will have to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he needs sex offender counseling and also will be evaluated to determine whether he will need substance abuse treatment.

Ray will also be on the state’s sex offender registry list for 25 years.

If Ray violates any terms of probation, he would face serving some or all of the suspended jail term.

Justice Bruce Mallonee accepted the sentencing agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense attorney Scott Hess during a May 18 hearing in the Knox County court.

Ray entered a no contest plea which allowed him not to admit guilt but results in a conviction.

District Attorney Natasha Irving said the victim supported the agreed upon sentence. Irving said the plea allows the woman to avoid testifying at a trial. In addition, the woman had wanted Ray to have to register as a sex offender.

“She’s extremely courageous,” the prosecutor said.

The young woman spoke to Justice Mallonee during the hearing and discussed the impact of being raped by a complete stranger. She said she now double and triple checks that her doors are locked. She said the sentence would hold Ray accountable, particularly having him register as a sex offender.

“If this will follow me for the rest of my life, I want it to follow him for the rest of his life,” she said.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at the time that Ray was arrested in March 2019, the 21-year-old woman reported that after a night at bars in Rockland on New Year’s Eve, she went to the home of a friend in Owls Head.

According to the couple who live at the house, Ray had stopped at the house early in the morning and entered their bedroom to complain about being left in Rockland without a ride.

The victim said she awoke to find Ray on top of her, sexually assaulting her, according to the affidavit. The woman said she told him to stop and tried to get up, but he kept his weight on her and told her he was not hurting her.

She was eventually able to get away from Ray and took a taxi to the Rockland Police Department, where she met with a sheriff’s deputy.