Grand jury indicts men on sex, drug charges

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A 71-year-old Willow Street resident faces a July 24 court date in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland after being indicted for sex crimes.

James Barker was indicted on July 5 by a Cumberland County grand jury on two Class A counts of gross sexual assault and one Class A and one Class B count of unlawful sexual contact.

An indictment is determination that enough evidence exists to prosecute, not a finding of guilt.

Court records allege Barker assaulted a victim younger than 12 years old over a period of two years. The victim came forward after a school guidance counselor spoke with children about inappropriate behavior.

Barker was arrested in May after an investigation by police and interviews of the alleged victim by social workers. His trial is expected to start around Aug. 27, according to court documents.

A Brooklyn man who allegedly tried to evade police by jumping out the second-floor window of the Days Inn on Maine Mall Road was indicted July 5 on six charges associated with drug trafficking.

Anthony Calderon, 30, faces a July 23 arraignment after he was indicted on two Class A aggravated trafficking charges, two Class B unlawful trafficking charges and two charges seeking criminal forfeiture for $7,300 cash and a handgun.

Court records said city police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were responding to a complaint about an odor of marijuana smoke at the hotel when they knocked on the door.

While waiting for the door to open, police heard a toilet being flushed and a window opening, according to court records. Authorities went around the hotel and said they found Calderon limping in the parking lot. Heroin was also found in nearby bushes.

A search of the room and grounds turned up 90 bags of heroin and 14 grams of cocaine.

The aggravated trafficking charges stem from Calderon’s 2006 drug trafficking conviction in Queens County, N.Y.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.