Alleged restroom flasher is incompetent

Nicholas Pike

Nicholas Pike

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth man accused of exposing himself to a young boy in a restroom at the Mount Desert Island YMCA has been temporarily found incompetent to stand trial and is in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Nicholas Pike, 19, was arrested Sept. 24 on charges of visual sexual aggression against a child and violating the conditions of his release. His arrest followed an interview at his home by police and came one day after three boys reportedly saw him lying naked on the floor of the public restroom. A YMCA employee saw Pike leave the facility and recognized him from a warning about his alleged inappropriate behavior sent by the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth.

As the result of a Nov. 5 court order, Pike was placed into DHHS custody for 30 days and is at a treatment facility where it is hoped mental health services will lead to a better understanding of the charges he faces, Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster said Tuesday. The order allows for more time in treatment if needed.

The court action follows a competency evaluation conducted in October by DHHS forensic psychologist Ann LeBlanc. LeBlanc interviewed Pike at the Hancock County Jail.

“Mr. Pike is unable to demonstrate the skills for competence,” LeBlanc concluded. “A therapeutic environment coupled with any needed medications would increase the chances that he could apply at least rudimentary reasoning processes in this case.”

In an interview conducted by Bar Harbor Police Officer Soren Sundberg at the jail shortly after Pike’s arrest, the Ellsworth man reportedly admitted he had gone to the YMCA in Bar Harbor on Sept. 21, Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, where he spent hours in the public restroom unclothed and fantasizing about young boys, according to a motion to revoke Pike’s pre-bail filed by Foster on Sept. 25.

At the time of the incidents in Bar Harbor, Pike was on bail for a theft charge, where he is accused of shoplifting a pair of boy’s underwear from Walmart in Ellsworth, Foster said. Those bail conditions included that he not be on the grounds of any YMCA and stem from incidents in Ellsworth where Pike did not engage in criminal conduct, but his actions were “concerning,” Foster said.

Pike also has been charged with sending nude photos of himself to a young boy in Canada.

Pike’s history of “inappropriate sexual conduct” and the criminal charges against him “plainly shows that this defendant is a serious public safety concern,” Foster argued in his Sept. 25 motion to revoke bail, which the court granted.

Bail conditions won’t ensure that Pike won’t engage in additional criminal behavior, Foster wrote. “Most importantly, no condition or combination of conditions can protect the community from the defendant’s deviant behavior.”

Pike’s attorney, Steven Juskewitch, said in an interview earlier this month that his client suffers from a rare genetic condition and is unable to comprehend that some of his actions are inappropriate. LeBlanc’s assessment is accurate, he said.

Mark Good

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