Saturday, May 18, 2013
Carlson's sexual abuse spanned decades, police say
Witnesses told state police that a Bangor area activist, the Rev. Robert Carlson, groomed multiple children to be his sexual abuse victims during the past four decades.
State police Lt. Christopher Coleman told the Bangor Daily News that many abuse victims were interviewed during an investigation of Carlson.
Carlson jumped to his death off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on Nov. 13 after learning of the investigation.
The state police report, issued Wednesday, states that several people questioned Carlson's behavior toward young boys over the years but few took action. Coleman said exactly how many children fell victim to Carlson is not known, and it is likely that other child sex abuse victims chose not to come forward.
Bangor burglary suspect apprehended in Florida
Police say a man wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in downtown Bangor has been arrested in Florida.
Jonathan Matute, 18, of Bangor was arrested Wednesday night in Broward County, police said. Matute was arrested after police received a complaint from a Sears store in that area about thefts of tools. Police said Matute allegedly assaulted a security officer while he was being arrested.
Police in Florida also said they recovered a car that had been stolen July 26 from the University of Maine. Matute has been charged with assault and grand theft auto by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. A warrant for his arrest has been issued in Maine.
Maine man gets life sentence for kidnapping and rape
A registered sex offender from Maine will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman in a northwestern Pennsylvania national forest two years ago.
A federal judge sentenced Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine to a life term plus seven years for the August 2010 abduction and sex assault involving a couple in the Allegheny National Forest.
Beaulieu was arrested in Canada after the victims said he accosted them at gunpoint, tied up the man and raped the woman.
Beaulieu pleaded guilty in March in hopes of receiving a lesser sentence. But the Erie Times-News reported the judge called Beaulieu a "violent recidivist who will remain a threat to society until the day he dies."
Beaulieu's prior convictions include a 2005 sex assault.
U.S. Senate candidate Woods to donate salary if elected
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Steve Woods said that if elected he'll donate his entire Senate salary for all six years of his term to charity.
Woods said he'd form an independent committee of business, nonprofit and social service leaders who would decide which local charities would receive funding. Woods said people have a social responsibility to each other and he's fortunate enough to be able to donate his salary to help those who are struggling.
The salary for a U.S. senator is currently $174,000.
Priest accused of groping boy in 2005 dies in Texas at age 81
A Roman Catholic priest ordained in Maine and later accused of groping a boy in Texas has died.
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