Rockland man charged with sex assault of unconscious woman

By George Chappell | Dec 13, 2012

Rockland — A local man faces charges that he sexually assaulted a woman who was unconscious at the time and was incapable of resisting and had not consented to sex.

David Achorn, 52, of Rockland was arrested Dec. 7 on a count of gross sexual assault, by Detective Christopher Young of the Rockland Police Department

No bail was allowed at the time of arrest when Achorn was taken to Knox County Jail. He appeared before Judge Susan Sparaco in Sixth District Court in Rockland Dec. 12, where lawyer for the day William Pagnano represented him. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody prosecuted.

A conviction on a Class B felony gross sexual assault charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, said Pagnano.

Achorn had sex with a woman, 42, at Brunswick House after spending time with her drinking tequila, according to the police affidavit.

Achorn entered no plea. Baroody asked for $50,000 bail and no contact with the victim or her family. Achorn will be placed on probation hold until he has applied for a regular attorney. Bail will be reviewable at that time.

A status conference hearing was set for Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Knox County Superior Court.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at


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