Penobscot couple indicted on sexual assault charges



ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury on June 4 indicted a husband and wife accused of sexually assaulting a Penobscot man who has diminished capacity.

Mark Gray Jr., 43, and Rebecca Gray, 40, both of the same address in Penobscot, were indicted on one count each of Class B gross sexual assault.

The Grays allegedly assaulted a man who, according to court documents is “substantially incapable of appraising the nature of the contact involved or of understanding that he had the right to deny or withdraw consent.”

The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 26, 2013, in Penobscot. The Maine State Police are investigating.

The Grays are free on $1,500 unsecured bail. Their bail conditions include having no contact with the victim.

Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

In other indictments, four residents allegedly involved in methamphetamine production at a State Street apartment building in Ellsworth on March 18, 2015, were indicted. They include:

Kevin S. Chipman, 36, Ellsworth, unlawful drug trafficking.

Russell W. Crossman, 36, Southwest Harbor, unlawful drug trafficking.

Kevin M. Guptill, 30, Surry, unlawful drug trafficking.

Kinnane C. Hodgkins, 29, Surry, unlawful drug trafficking.

Other indictments include:

  • Tiffany M. Abbott, 30, Hancock, unlawful drug trafficking, unlawful drug furnishing, unlawful drug possession Oct. 14, 2014, in Ellsworth.
  • Jarrod J. Burns, 31, Ellsworth, unlawful drug possession, falsifying physical evidence Oct. 14, 2014, in Ellsworth.
  • Daniel D. Carter, 34, Hancock, two counts felony theft and two counts misdemeanor theft Oct. 28, 2014, in Trenton.
  • Gorham C. Clifton, 38, Orland, aggravated drug trafficking, unlawful drug possession and unlawful drug trafficking Dec. 31, 2014, in Orland.
  • James H. Libby, 42, Surry, aggravated criminal trespass, assault, criminal mischief Nov. 19, 2014, in Blue Hill.
  • Roland E. Phippen, 47, Southwest Harbor, theft and unemployment fraud May 7, 2011, in Southwest Harbor.
  • Zachary R. Rand, 25, Southwest Harbor, unlawful drug possession and violating conditions of release May 10, 2015, in Bar Harbor.
  • William H. Smeal, 29, Steuben, one felony count theft of services and two misdemeanor counts theft of services June 19, 2014, in Ellsworth.
  • Peter E. Smith, 50, Blue Hill, aggravated operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, two counts driving to endanger, one misdemeanor count OUI Dec. 24, 2015, in Surry.
  • Kenneth W. Sprague, 43, Trenton, aggravated criminal mischief Dec. 22, 2014, in Trenton.
  • Richard C. Wallace, 57, Lamoine, unlawful drug trafficking, unlawful drug furnishing and two counts unlawful drug possession, Oct. 20, 2014, in Hancock.
  • Mark A. Wescott, 51, Machiasport, theft June 18, 2014, in Bar Harbor.
Jennifer Osborn

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