Nicholas Pike

Treatment ordered for sex offender

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth man charged with exposing himself to a young boy in a restroom at the Mount Desert Island YMCA has been found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Nicholas Pike, 20, was placed in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a result of an April 19 disposition conference in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. Pike was ordered to undergo treatment for a mental illness or for an intellectual disability or autism, according to court records.

Pike was arrested in September 2015 on a charge of visual sexual aggression against a child and violating his bail conditions. Pike’s 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 inappropriate behavior sent out by the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth.

In November, the court found Pike incompetent to stand trial and placed him into DHHS custody for 30 days for assessment. That action followed an evaluation by DHHS forensic psychologist Ann LeBlanc which concluded that Pike “is unable to demonstrate the skills for competence.”

“A therapeutic environment coupled with any needed medications would increase the chances that he could apply at least rudimentary reasoning processes in this case,” LeBlanc concluded.

At the time of the incident in Bar Harbor, Pike was on bail for a theft charge regarding the shoplifting of a pair of boy’s underwear from Walmart in Ellsworth. Pike also was charged with sending nude photos of himself to a young boy in Canada.


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