June 13, 2013

Defendant in rape case decides to plead guilty

His change of plea follows the victim's emotional opening testimony and spares her a painful cross-examination.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Dane Bosley, right, is led out of York County Superior Court in Alfred on Tuesday by a state marshal during a recess in the state's case.

Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

According to police, the girl was walking on a wooded path behind the Sanford Armory at 7 a.m. Oct. 8, 2008 when she was accosted by Bosley at knifepoint and taken to a secluded area, where she was sexually assaulted.

The girl was released and reported the assault to school officials, who notified police. Officers collected evidence and used police dogs to search the area but couldn't find the suspect.

Forensic analysts with the Maine State police crime lab developed DNA profiles from biological evidence collected at the scene and entered it into a state database.

Bosley was arrested March 24, 2010, for robbing Maine Bank and Trust in Sanford on Feb. 25, 2010. Bosley, then 22, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the robbery and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

As a result of the conviction, authorities collected a tissue sample and developed a DNA profile from it that matched the evidence collected after the rape, Sanford police said in 2011.

Once he was freed from federal prison, he was taken into state custody pending this week's trial.

The case against Bosley required that the state prove he forced the girl to have sex. Under Maine law, statutory rape, in which a person cannot give consent because they are too young, only applies when the victim is younger than 14.


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