Pleas heard in Superior Court


PARIS – The following were arraigned in Oxford County Superior Court with Justice Robert E. Crowley presiding:

Clark Kenneth Gadway, 46, of Harrison pleaded not guilty to two counts of gross sexual assault.

Gadway is accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl under age 14 between Oct. 1, 2005, and Aug. 4, 2006. Police arrested him after an investigation stemming from a concern raised by the girl’s mother.

Crowley agreed to a bail of $2,500.

Michael Holden, 44, of West Paris pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin, two counts of criminal forfeiture, aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal simulation.

Holden was arrested Sept. 20 in his home after a three-month investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. He is free on bail.

Two people arrested after a cocaine trafficking investigation that ended Oct. 12 pleaded not guilty.

Peter Cormier, 55, of Rumford pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, one count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and one count of criminal forfeiture of a motor vehicle, all felonies.

Cormier’s crimes were considered aggravated because they happened near a school, police said.

Christopher Touchette, 22, of Rumford pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, violating conditions of release and criminal forfeiture.

Cormier and Touchette are free on bail.

Edward Towers, 41, of Rumford pleaded not guilty to trafficking in scheduled drugs and conspiracy.

Towers was arrested Dec. 1 along with his 40-year-old brother at their Rumford home.

They were arrested after a grand jury indictment, where MDEA officials presented evidence from their seven-month investigation. Police say they uncovered prepackaged marijuana and cocaine in the home, along with firearms.

The conspiracy charge developed because of his alleged leadership role in what police call the Towers cocaine trafficking network, police said previously, and documents were recovered that support the conspiracy.

Jimmy Lewis, 40, of Rumford pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated trafficking in counterfeit drugs.

He was indicted on the crimes Nov. 30 for incidents in August through October 2003 in Rumford and Roxbury.

According to the indictment, Lewis possessed certain items necessary for the production of counterfeit drugs, namely, benedrex inhalers and muriatic acid.

Lewis was charged in 2003 with aggravated trafficking by manufacture of methanphetamine.

Joseph Denbow, 40, of Paris pleaded not guilty to charges of theft, operating after revocation and violating conditions of release.

Denbow was arrested Dec. 30 on 12 warrants, many for failure to appear in court. Prosecutors said he has a long history of criminal and motor vehicle charges, and should be held at a high bail. Crowley set it at $10,000 cash or $25,000 worth of real estate.