A 37-year-old Lincolnville man was arrested Sunday, March 10, on a warrant charging him with sexually assaulting a woman who had passed out after a night of drinking on New Year's Day.

Christopher A. Ray was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, charged with two counts of gross sexual assault. One count — a Class B offense — alleges he had sex with an unconscious woman. The second count — a Class A offense — alleges he used force to commit the assault.

At his initial appearance Monday in Knox County court, Judge Beth Dobson set bail at $2,500 cash.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald had recommended $10,000 cash bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the 21-year-old woman reported that after a night at bars in Rockland on New Year's Eve, she went to the home of a friend in Owls Head.

According to the couple who live at the house, Ray had stopped at the house early in the morning and entered their bedroom to complain about being left in Rockland without a ride.

The woman who lives at the house said later in the morning she was going to her bathroom when she saw Ray on the couch on top of the woman.

The alleged victim said she awoke to find Ray on top of her, having sex with her, according to the affidavit. The woman said she told him to stop and tried to get up, but he kept his weight on her and told her he was not hurting her.

She was eventually able to get away from Ray and took a taxi to the Rockland Police Department, where she met with a sheriff's deputy.

Ray claims, according to the affidavit, that he met the woman on the couch and the two talked before having sex.

The defense attorney for the day at court Monday, Marina Sideris, asked the judge to release Ray on either unsecured bail or personal recognizance. She said he did not have the ability to raise cash bail, pointing out that he was the primary caregiver for his four children and also cared for his mother, who was ill.

Clarification: The report filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office included a conflicting statement by a witness who saw the victim and Ray on the couch. The witness said Friday, March 15 that only Ray looked at her when she walked by them. She said the victim did not move or speak.