Six men were indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on Wednesday on sex crimes charges.
A grand jury indictment does not mean the defendants were found guilty, but that the jury found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial on the charges.
Wilson Alves, 30, of Rhode Island, was indicted on the charge of class A gross sexual assault and class C unlawful sexual contact.
Alves was arrested on a warrant in Rhode Island after the Jay Police Department said he sexually assaulted a woman in May in Jay.
Evan Bachelder, 21, of Rome, was indicted on a charge of class B sexual exploitation of a minor. Bachelder was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department detectives for allegedly exploiting a child by having a recording or photograph of the victim.
Casey Braley, 21, of Livermore Falls, was indicted on a charge of class B sexual exploitation of a minor.
After a Department of Health and Human Services referral, Braley was arrested in March by the sheriff’s department for allegedly soliciting sexually explicit photographs of a Stratton child.
Peter Essman, 64, of Wilton, was indicted on two counts of class C unlawful sexual contact and three charges of class D unlawful sexual touching.
Essman was arrested by the Wilton Police Department for allegedly sexually abusing three girls between 2011 and 2014. The police began investigating the case after a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Lloyd Gilbert, 66, of Wilton, was indicted on charges of class B unlawful sexual contact and class D unlawful sexual touching.
He was arrested by Maine State Police on a charge of forcing a child under the age of 12 to engage in sexual contact in 2004 and for sexually touching a different victim in 2012 “who had not expressly or impliedly acquiesced to sexual touching.”
Michael Massey, 32, of Maryland, was indicted on charges of class C sexually abusing a minor and class D furnishing liquor to a minor.
Massey was charged by state police for reportedly giving alcohol to a girl under the age of 16 and sexually assaulting her in Weld in 2012.