Man who shot self indicted on child sex abuse charges

By Tanya Mitchell | May 24, 2013
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Belfast — A former Troy man who police say shot himself at his home as he was about to be arrested on accusations that he sexually abused a young girl between Feb. 2011 and March of this year was indicted on charges related to that investigation this week.

Raymond G. Carson, 71 of Hancock and formerly of Troy, was indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, furnishing liquor to a minor, allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor and threatening display of a dangerous weapon after the grand jury rose at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, May 16.

According to previously published reports, the Maine State Police reported Carson shot himself Wednesday, March 13, at his Troy home as he was about to be arrested on the child sex abuse charges. Carson was flown by lifeflight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where police say he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detectives had gone to the man's home on Barker Road to arrest him on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland. They had searched the house last week and seized evidence related to the investigation. The victim is a young girl, according to police.

When the man refused to answer the door, detectives called for the assistance of the State Police tactical team, stated McCausland.

Shortly after the team had arrived outside the home, the man shot himself in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle.

No police officers were involved in the shooting.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook contributed to this story.


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