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State drops charges against Hampden woman accused of running over sex offender

5-27-15 Maine:

NOBLEBORO, Maine — All charges were dropped May 12 against a Hampden woman who was arrested in March for allegedly running over her boyfriend, a convicted sex offender, with a car after she caught him allegedly attempting to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl.

Linda F. Currier, 53, of Hampden was arrested March 29 in Nobleboro and charged with Class B aggravated assault and Class C aggravated criminal operating under the influence.

A fight had allegedly ensued between James Oliver, 48, of Hampden and formerly of Nobleboro, and Currier after she walked in on him allegedly attempting to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl, according to a March 31 news release from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Murphy.

“The fight continued outside where Currier allegedly ran over Oliver with a car,” Murphy wrote. “All adult parties at the residence had apparently been drinking at the time.”

Currier allegedly called 911 to report she had hit Oliver with her car, according to court documents.

When Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Beck arrived at the home, he “located a man partially under a car and a woman standing over him with blood on her hands,” according to Beck’s affidavit.

The woman identified herself as Currier and allegedly “said that she wanted to kill the man,” Beck wrote.

Oliver was taken to LincolnHealth Miles Campus and later to Maine Medical Center for treatment of a serious but not life-threatening injury to his leg, and was arrested upon his release March 30, according to Murphy’s news release.

“The young girl did not receive any injuries requiring immediate medical attention and was taken from the scene and cared for by her family,” Murphy wrote.

Currier said she and Oliver had been dating for approximately one year, according to Beck’s affidavit.

The charges against Currier were dropped on May 12 after a grand jury declined to indict her, according to court paperwork.

Oliver, however, was indicted by the grand jury May 12 on charges of attempted gross sexual assault, Class B; two counts of unlawful sexual touching, both Class D; and violation of sex offender registration, Class C, all allegedly occurring on March 29.

According to the indictment, Oliver has a number of previous convictions, including rape in 1990, sexual abuse of a minor in 1989, unlawful sexual contact in 2011, assault in 2006 and violation of sex offender registry in 2011.

Oliver is due to be arraigned on the charges at 8:30 a.m. on June 11.

According to a May 14 motion to amend Oliver’s bail filed by his attorney, Jeremy Pratt, Oliver is being housed at the Maine State Prison’s infirmary on $100,000 bail and remains in need of medical care.

The motion seeks to reduce Oliver’s bail to $400. A hearing on the motion is set for May 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Currier’s attorney, Thomas Berry, had no comment, and a call to Pratt for comment was not immediately returned. ..Source.. by BDN Maine

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