A Buxton man accused of a Standish sexual assault was released on bail Thursday morning and one of three charges against him was dropped following his arraignment on Tuesday.

Brian Peter Corbran, 28, of 4421 Christian Road, was initially charged with unlawful sexual touching class D, furnishing alcohol to a minor class D and aggravated promotion of prostitution class B in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old Standish girl. But, according to the detective in charge of the case, Steve Gorham of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the promotion of prostitution charge was dropped at Corbran’s arraignment.

“The way the statutes were written,” he said, “it doesn’t meet all the criteria for the crime (of promotion of prostitution).”

Deputy Sheriff Matt Tuffs and Gorham Police responded to a report of the assault just after 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the girl’s Holiday Lane residence in the Pine Tree Trailer Park. The mother of the girl said her daughter had been assaulted and that they had forced the man to leave their home.

Gorham Police Chief Ron Shepard said Gorham officers Wayne Coffin and Ben Moreland responded to a request from the Sheriff’s Department for backup. Shepard said Moreland found the suspect near the entrance to the trailer park.

When police arrived, Corbran was outside and partially dressed. “He was not clothed for the weather,” said Capt. William Rhoads of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

After speaking with the mother and her daughter, Tuffs arrested Corbran at the scene and transported him to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, the victim’s mother said that Corbran was her fiance’s friend and co-worker. She has known Corbran for three or four years and has been friends with his girlfriend for the past 10 years.

“(Corbran) was groping her through her clothes,” she alleged. “He was trying to get her to do something. He was in my own house and I can’t believe he would do that. It shocked me.”

According to Rhoads, Corbran’s only previous brush with the law was in June of this year when the Sheriff’s Department issued him a summons at a traffic stop for operation after suspension.


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