2 charged with sex crimes

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RUMFORD – A Rumford man, five months out of prison and serving probation for drug trafficking, and a local tattoo artist were both arrested Tuesday and charged with committing two separate felony sex crimes.

David Paquette, 29, was charged with gross sexual assault and violation of probation following an investigation Tuesday by the area’s new domestic violence/sexual assault detective, Paul Casey.

In the other case, Casey charged Adam Mazza, 36, of Dixfield, with unlawful sexual contact after investigating a Jan. 9 report by an 18-year-old woman.

Mazza, a tattoo artist with a studio in Mexico and White Mountain Tattoo in Conway, N.H., posted bail of either $4,000 cash or $10,000 real estate at the Rumford police station and was released. He will be arraigned on March 15 in Oxford County Superior Court.

The arrests were Casey’s first sexually-based crime arrests since last month when Rumford Chief Stacy Carter named the former Rumford patrolman to the position. He was given statewide arrest powers by Maine’s attorney general.

“The domestic violence investigator position has worked extremely well since it started in December,” Carter stated late Tuesday afternoon in a report. “By working together with other agencies, (it) allows for us to make a difference in each community, and provide a better quality of life.”

In the same report, Casey stated that anyone with information or complaints of inappropriate conduct, should call their local police department.

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