Harpswell man indicted for alleged sexual assault of girl

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HARPSWELL — A Harpswell Islands Road man was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on 32 counts of gross sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Amos Johnson, 38, is one six area residents whose indictments were handed up April 4. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a determination there is enough evidence to prosecute.

Johnson was arrested Feb. 26 after an investigation by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office found that he had allegedly sexually abused a young girl, who is now 13, over a two-year period.

The abuse allegedly happened between March 19, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2013.

Johnson’s live-in girlfriend, Holly Colfer, 33, was arrested March 1 on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. She was released the same day on $1,000 bail.

Johnson is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $50,000 cash bail. His next court date is April 23.

Nicholas Miller, 27, of MacMillan Drive, Brunswick, was indicted on two counts of Class B aggravated assault.

Miller was arrested March 5 for allegedly shoving a friend down a staircase at Freeport Village Station.

Miller and the 25-year-old male friend reportedly had a disagreement at the friend’s store. The friend left work, Miller pursued him, and allegedly pushing him down a long, granite stairwell. 

The friend suffered a concussion, sprained ankle and cuts.

Miller was taken to Cumberland County Jail on March 5 and released two days later on $1,000 bail and supervised release. His next court date is May 9.

Other indictments were:

• Nathaniel Manchester, 23, of Lincoln Street, Brunswick, on charges of Class C domestic violence assault, Class C domestic violence terrorizing, Class B tampering with a victim, Class D obstructing report of a crime or injury, and Class D criminal mischief.

Manchester received a summons on Jan. 14 after his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend  complained that he allegedly struck her on the head, damaged a television set, threatened her when she tried to call police, and then took the phone from her.

• Melanie Russell, 38, of Rush’s Trailer Park, Brunswick, on a charge of Class B hindering apprehension or prosecution.

• Tyler Bryant, 22, of Brunswick, for a charge of Class C theft (value greater than $1,000).

• Christopher McKenney, 21, of Brunswick, on two counts of Class E possession of scheduled drugs and Class E violation of conditions of release. McKenney is being held at Cumberland County Jail without bail.

Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or dmartin@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DylanLJMartin.

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