My son in law's father got arrested in Topsham, ME on June 5th, 2017 for Cruel Sexual Assault on his 16 year old granddaughter. He admitted guilt to the police at this time - said it had been going on since she was age 6. His bail was set at 150,000, but his wife paid 50,000 cash and got him out. We thought the court date for a trial was Aug. 9th, 2017, but someone mentioned its the arraignment. If he pleads guilty on Aug 9th, will the judge sentence him then?
Assuming he pleas guilty, sentencing could take place then or, more likely because of the nature of the charges, continued to a later date. Because he probably will be charged with multiple felonies. it would be highly unusual if he pleads guilty.
It is highly improbable that he would be sentenced even if he pleads guilty at his arraignment in light of the seriousness of the charges. More importantly however, I strongly recommend against pleading guilty at the arraignment stage despite his admission to the police and/or his sense of remorse for his alleged actions. there are numerous arguments that can be made on his behalf to seek leniency in imposing sentence as well as potential defenses to the charge. He and your family should retain a lawyer to ensure that all possible avenues of defense and/or relevant facts are brought to the attention of the prosecutor and the court. I would be happy to discuss the matter further with you. Rick Berne
There is no charge in Maine for Cruel Sexual Assault. It is probably gross sexual assault.
It is also hard to say what is going on August 9, without knowing more about the case. It is probably a dispositional conference. While it is possible that he may plead guilty at that time, it is unlikely on such a serious charge. If he does plead guilty then it is unlikely that sentencing will occur at that time.
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