Tenants Harbor man appears in court on sexual contact charge

By George Chappell | Nov 30, 2012

Rockland — A 30-year-old man accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl made an initial appearance in Sixth District Court Nov. 30.

Daniel Breen entered no plea to felony charges of unlawful sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor before Judge Susan Sparaco. William Pagnano, defense lawyer for a day, represented Breen.

In the argument for bail, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody asked for $5,000 cash bail with conditions.

Pagnano said Breen was a resident of Tenants Harbor with a 4-year-old son and would not pose a flight risk on bail.

Sparaco set bail at $5,000 cash with conditions of no contact with the victim or children younger than 16, except for his 4-year-old son under the supervision of Breen’s parents.

According to the police affidavit in court records, Breen came under scrutiny in August when a convicted sex offender from Connecticut reported to his probation officer that Breen had admitted to having a relationship with the 13-year-old girl.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy John Palmer interviewed the girl, who said she and Breen had a relationship, according to the court filing.

Palmer reached Breen at work, according to the affidavit, and made arrangements for them to meet the next day.

When Breen failed to show up for questioning, the deputy brought him to Knox County Jail.

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