PARIS – A Mexico man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to two of 16 charges of rape involving a girl under the age of 14, court records state.
On April 6, Oxford County Superior Court Justice Robert A. Crowley sentenced Erik A. Bourassa, 38, to 10 years in prison on each charge, to be served concurrently. All but 12 months were suspended.
Bourassa, the son of former Rumford police Chief Timothy Bourassa, was also ordered to be on probation for six years.
Additionally, Crowley said that on release from prison, Erik Bourassa must register for life as a sex offender, comply with Maine’s Sex Offender Act, receive sex offender counseling, have no contact with children under 18 years of age, and have no contact, direct or indirect, with the victim, except with the permission of counselors. A third party must also be present, court records state.
After release from prison, Erik Bourassa must live in a residence approved by probation officials.
He pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with the girl on Aug. 1, 2004, and June 24, both in Mexico.
On July 1, Maine State Police Detective John Hainey arrested Erik Bourassa, who was an engineer employed by Honeywell in Jay, charging him with gross sexual assault. A month later, Erik Bourassa was indicted by an Oxford County grand jury on 16 counts of rape.
The indictment stated that Erik Bourassa was charged with gross sexual assault for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a child under the age of 14, six times each this year and last year, and four times in 2003, all in Mexico.
Androscoggin County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cashman of Auburn prosecuted the case.
A clerk at the Oxford County District Attorney’s office in Paris said late Wednesday that Assistant District Attorneys Richard Beauchesne and Joseph O’Connor could not prosecute Erik Bourassa because of a conflict of interest: they’ve worked closely with Bourassa’s father in the past.
Likewise, state police took over the investigation from Mexico police because of the same conflict.