Sexual assault suspect remains in jail

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man from Sidney charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl will remain in the Kennebec County Jail after a community agency refused to supervise the suspect.

Eric Bard has been behind bars on $100,000 dollars bail for nearly two years awaiting trial. Bard faces 21 different counts of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting the 4-year-old girl. The incidents reportedly took place between December of 2011 and April of 2012 while he babysat the girl.

Wednesday Judge Donald Marden reduced bail so Bard could live with his Mother at her home in Sydney. Fullcircle Supports, based in Hallowell, agreed to supervise Bard 16 hours a day at his home and in the community - something another agency pre-trial services refused to because the agency felt he was too dangerous to be allowed back in society.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says she is relieved Bard will stay in jail and he needs to stay there.

"Each charge carries up to 30 years in prison. Why is this a person that needs to be readjusted to the community? We need to try these cases. He needs to be sentenced in these cases," said Maloney.

Maloney says she is ready to try the case but defense attorney have been successful in delaying the case. We tried to get a statement from Gina Yamartino, but she did return our phone calls. The case could go to trial in August.


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