Lewiston man, 22, charged in sex case


FARMINGTON – A Lewiston man was released on personal recognizance bail Monday after he was accused of unlawful sexual contact.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective David Laurent said in the past couple of weeks two victims – one 19 and the other 14 or under – came forward to report some inappropriate sexual touching. He investigated the matter, sought an arrest warrant and received it.

Lewiston police arrested Michael L. Williams, 22, on the warrant Thursday, St. Laurent said.

After Williams couldn’t post $1,500 cash bail, Franklin County transport Deputy Albert Smith picked him up Friday at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn and brought him to the county jail in Farmington.

Williams is charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact and one count of unlawful sexual touching, St. Laurent said.

The initial charge of unlawful sexual contact with a 19-year-old woman was filed first. After he conducted an interview Saturday at the jail with Williams, St. Laurent said, he issued a summons for unlawful sexual touching in connection with a girl 14 years old or less.

The victims are from Maine but do not live in Franklin County. They were visiting the area when the incidents occurred, the detective said.