Topsham man pleads guilty to sex charges

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WEST BATH — A Topsham man pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a minor Wednesday afternoon in West Bath District Court.

Robert Welch, 63, was arrested June 5, 2017, and initially charged with gross sexual assault, a Class B crime, for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with someone under 18 years old, court documents show.

Welch was released from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset in June 2017.

In August 2017 he was indicted by a Sagadahoc County grand jury on 20 charges, including 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact — all but one Class B crimes against a minor under the age of 12, according to court documents.

He also was indicted on 10 counts of gross sexual assault. Three of the gross sexual assault charges are Class A crimes against a minor under the age of 14. The remaining seven counts are Class B crimes against a minor under the age of 18.

The alleged crimes took place between October 2008 and June 1, 2017, against juvenile girl.

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