PORTLAND — The attorney for a former chief of the Maine State Police has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on charges of gross sexual assault against a young member of his family.
Andrew Demers, 74, was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual contact with a person younger than 12. But in April, the Cumberland County grand jury indicted Demers on the more severe count of Class A gross sexual assault and Class B unlawful sexual contact, which prosecutors say occurred in February and March of this year.
Demers pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.
Demers was scheduled to appear in Portland Unified Court on Tuesday, but Demers’ attorney, Walter McKee, said that he requested that Tuesday’s hearing be continued while a plea deal is negotiated.
Tamara Getchell, spokeswoman for Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson, confirmed Wednesday that an agreement has been reached. Both Anderson and McKee declined to discuss any details of the deal.
A judge still must approve the terms.
Demers served 26 years with the Maine State Police and held the position of chief from 1987 to 1993, when he retired.
In 2003, Demers, the most decorated officer in state police history, was named a “Legendary Trooper,” the Sun Journal reported at the time.
If convicted of gross sexual assault, Demers could face a sentence of 30 years in prison.
To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.