RUMFORD — A Rumford man awaiting arraignment in November on a vandalism charge was arrested late Wednesday morning and accused of raping a young Rumford girl last month, according to Detective Capt. Daniel Garbarini.
Garbarini said Wednesday he charged Parker Erskine, 20, with gross sexual assault against a girl under the age of 14. The incident took place sometime between Aug. 10 and 25.
Erskine was arrested at the police station following an 11 a.m. interview.
Erskine posted $2,000 unsecured bail and will be arraigned on Jan. 15, 2010, in Oxford County Superior Court due to the Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison pending conviction.
Erskine, who was ordered to have no contact with the victim, could be arraigned sooner if and when an Oxford County grand jury meets and indicts him on the same charge, Garbarini said.
Erskine was also charged with criminal trespass stemming from an unrelated incident when police say he entered a vacant building on Pine Street with a 17-year-old Rumford boy, who was also arrested on charge of criminal trespass.
Garbarini said the girl's mother filed a complaint with Rumford police on Monday, telling them that her daughter had been sexually assaulted. The child was not injured and didn't seek medical attention, he said.
Erskine, who has no known criminal history, was an acquaintance of the child, the captain said.
"This case wasn't generated by force or compulsion," Garbarini said.
"After completing interviews with both the victim and the suspect — and believing both their stories — I was able to determine that the crime of gross sexual assault was appropriate, given the circumstances of the case."
What remains unclear, he added, was if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.
He declined to provide more information.
Erskine is awaiting arraignment on Nov. 3 in Rumford District Court after having been charged by Rumford police on Sept. 23 with criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Those charges stem from a Sept. 22 incident at the former Stanley Furniture building on Franklin Street.
A brick wall was kicked in to gain entry, according to the police report.