SKOWHEGAN — A Farmington man was sentenced this week to 20 years in state prison for raping two girls in the past four years, at least once while threatening to use a hammer.

Joseph L. Magee, 40, of Lamkin Lane, pleaded guilty to five of 20 counts of gross sexual assault on the girls — one who was under the age of 14 and the other who was under the age of 18 when the attacks happened.

Magee was indicted in June by a Somerset County grand jury on 16 counts of rape of a child, some alleging compulsion and at least one threatening use of a hammer during the rape.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Magee pleaded guilty to five Class A charges of gross sexual assault — four in Skowhegan and one from Farmington in Franklin County.

According to an affidavit by Farmington police Detective Marc Bowering, Magee “admitted to having sex” with one of the teenagers “anywhere from 60 to 70 times in the last year or two.”

Bowering wrote that one of the girls “told me that Joseph called her into a trailer and while holding a hammer, raped her. …”

Eight of the charges in the Skowhegan indictments were listed as Class A felonies, each punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Eight others were Class B felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The assaults started in June 2014 and continued to April of this year.

Three of the four other charges in Farmington were dismissed, along with the remaining charges in Skowhegan, in exchange for the guilty pleas entered Wednesday.

Magee was sentenced to 20 years with the state Department of Corrections with none of the time suspended, according to documents in Somerset County Superior Court. After he is released, he must serve 10 years on supervised release, followed by 10 years of probation and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“I thank the victims for their courage in speaking,” Maloney said in an email Thursday. “Their courage has enabled us to protect not only them but other future victims as well. They are to be commended and should feel proud of themselves. Their courage is protecting our community.”

 

Joseph L. Magee


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