WINSLOW — The bride wore white. Frederick Horne Sr. wore handcuffs.
Horne, 47, of Sidney, who has been accused of sex trafficking, was handcuffed by police outside of a wedding in Fort Halifax Park in Winslow on Sunday and summoned to court on two charges of violating conditions of release.
The charges came because he associated with the bride, Theresa Rice-Goodrich, and another woman who was at the wedding, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, who said they were two women whom police found at Horne’s home earlier this year when he was charged with sex trafficking.
In April, police raided Horne’s West River Road property in Sidney, the site of Adam & Eve escort service. After a two-year investigation, Horne and his son were charged with one count of sex trafficking each.
Earlier this month, prosecutors upped the ante on Horne, filing five new charges against him, including one charge of felony possession of oxycodone and three more sex trafficking charges.
In a Sunday interview, Horne said he recently promised Rice-Goodrich that he would “give her away at her wedding.” He said he kept the promise, even after bail conditions barring him from contacting her took effect.
Horne was handcuffed by police, but Maloney said he was not arrested. He was released shortly after being charged at the Winslow Police Department, she said. The charges issued Sunday are misdemeanors.
Rice-Goodrich posted the time and location of the wedding on her public Facebook page. About 30 people attended, including families with children. Horne said Rice-Goodrich “is like family to me, just like most of the people that were there when the raid” on the Sidney property happened.
In an April email to a Morning Sentinel reporter, Rice-Goodrich, who was convicted of welfare fraud in 2012, called Horne “a great man that has helped many people out.”
In an interview on Sunday, she said she had merely stopped at Horne’s house to use the Internet when police found her there. She said that she has known Horne for more than 10 years, referring to him as “my Pops.”
Maloney said many people who are accused of crimes have “also done good things in their lives.” But Horne also “encouraged women to see as a viable profession something that we’ve decided as a state should not be a viable profession,” she said.
“It’s really disruptive to their lives, and many of them come from a background where they’ve been abused themselves,” Maloney said. “And it’s continuing that abuse.”
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