Man charged with raping Canton woman

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CANTON — A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday and charged with raping a local woman soon after he was told to have no contact with her.

Mykel Aaryn Rollins, who gave addresses on French Street and North Avenue in Skowhegan, as well as one on Minot Avenue in Auburn, was arrested after trying to flee from an Oxford County Sheriff’s Office detective and Skowhegan police officer. He is charged with gross sexual assault, assault and obstructing the report of a crime or injury.

According to reports by Lt. Hart Daley and Deputy George Cayer of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, police first responded to a complaint at a 20-year-old woman’s apartment in Canton on the evening of April 16. The woman said Rollins grabbed her neck and pushed her, and she ran to a neighbor’s to call 911. Rollins was warned for criminal trespass and told not to return to the apartment, police said.

The woman told Cayer that Rollins called her 15 minutes after police left and said he wanted to come to the apartment. She said he had threatened violence against her family before and that she was afraid of what he might do if she refused. She said Rollins unplugged her phone after he entered and sexually assaulted her.

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Cayer said he took the woman to Rumford Hospital, and that Rollins called her at her apartment after she returned. Cayer said he called Rollins to tell him not to contact the woman, and that Rollins denied raping her. Rollins later admitted to having sex with the woman, but said it was consensual.

Daley said he interviewed Rollins on Friday and determined there was probable cause to arrest him. He went to Rollins’ father’s house on North Avenue in Skowhegan with officer Ed Toulouse of the Skowhegan Police Department and found that Rollins had fled the house. Daley said Rollins called him and they met at a store on North Avenue, and Rollins eventually surrendered.

Rollins’ bail was set at $1,500 cash or $25,000 worth of property after his initial court appearance on Monday. An Oxford County Jail official said he remained incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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