Troy man charged with gross sexual assault

By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 04, 2020
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Belfast — At an arraignment hearing Feb. 3 at the Waldo Judicial Center, Richard Henry, 58, of Troy was charged with the gross sexual assault of a woman with diminished mental capacity. 

According to a court affidavit by Waldo County Sheriff's Deputy James Porter, Henry went to a female's home in Unity Jan. 31 and told her she would be entitled to federal money for "helping him out at his home in Troy," specifically helping him bathe.

The woman refused to go to his residence, but agreed to help him bathe in her apartment. When he demanded she perform oral sex on him and she said no, Henry "hit her hard on the side of her head," Porter said. So as to not get hurt further, the woman complied with his request.

The woman said she knew of Henry from a previous occasion when he delivered a food basket from the food pantry, and implied she would not receive the food if she did not perform a sex act, which she indicated she did.

The court document said the victim suffers from mental health issues and PTSD from abusive relationships in the past. She has a diminished mental capacity and is trusting of anyone she meets, according to the affidavit.

Henry was released after putting up real estate worth $20,000 with the conditions that he not have any contact with the victim, wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed on house arrest.

A dispositional hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

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