PARIS – Prison sentences for drug trafficking and aggravated criminal mischief were handed down in Oxford County Superior Court by Justice Robert E. Crowley on Friday morning.

Max Tikander, 26, of 81-A Stearns Hill Road in West Paris, was sentenced to four years in prison with all but one year suspended for pleading guilty to two counts of unlawful trafficking in heroin.

According to evidence presented by the state, Tikander sold a small amount of heroin to an undercover police agent in Paris. The drug was confirmed to be heroin by a crime lab.

Crowley also ordered Tikander to serve three years of probation and pay a $400 fine.

Clark Gadway, 46, of 896 Edes Falls Road in Harrison pleaded guilty to one count of gross sexual assault. A second count was dismissed.

Gadway was indicted in November after the mother of a then 12-year-old girl discovered her daughter had been talking with Gadway via the Internet. The indictment states one incident occurred in Paris in August 2005 and one in Norway in August 2006. The girl admitted to having a sexual relationship with Gadway, and said that she had asked him to have sex with her.

Under a plea agreement suggested by both sides, Gadway would be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended, six years of probation, and register as a sex offender. However, Crowley granted a request from defense attorney John Jenness that will continue the sentencing until after Gadway undergoes a psychological examination.

The girl’s mother presented Crowley with a letter asking for a sentence of five years in prison and 10 years of probation.

“The state sees this crime in the same category with murder,” she wrote, “yet we see these criminals get off with a mere slap on the wrist.”

Scott Coffin, 38, of 392 Route 232 in Woodstock, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but 90 days suspended for aggravated criminal mischief. He will also serve two years of probation and pay $1,144.35 in restitution to the town of Bethel and the Maine Municipal Association.

The charges stem from an incident in September when Coffin kicked out the rear window of a Bethel Police Department cruiser after being arrested at The Funky Red Barn.

Mark A. Towers, 35, of 66 Wyman Hill Road in Rumford, received a suspended two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit trafficking in cocaine. Two charges of aggravated trafficking of cocaine were dismissed.

Towers was one of nine people indicted in October after a drug bust in the Rumford area.

According to state’s evidence, an undercover agent cooperating with the Rumford police bought drugs from Towers and recorded a conversation with Joanne Hill in which he asked, “Do you want it cooked?” Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne said this was a question of whether cocaine powder should be turned into crack cocaine.

Hill, who is facing seven counts of Class A aggravated trafficking of cocaine, was scheduled for sentencing Friday, but the matter was continued until May 31.

Towers’ brothers, Edward and James, are also charged in connection with the drug bust.

Towers will serve two years probation and pay a $400 fine.


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