AUGUSTA — A Wayne man is facing assault and arson charges after allegations that include he bit a woman’s breast.

Jason L. Hewett, 26, was being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail Monday in Kennebec County jail on charges of arson, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and possessing a usable amount of marijuana. He made his initial court appearance via video link from the jail.

He is also accused of violating conditions of release in connection with charges in Knox County.

Details on the weekend’s events are contained in an affidavit by Kennebec County sheriff’s Deputy David Bucknam filed in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Hewett, who also goes by the names Jason Goucher and Jason Graves, was arrested Saturday by a sheriff’s deputy in the woods near the American Legion Post hall in Winthrop. Hewett had apparently fled after seeing Bucknam’s arrival at the hall via closed circuit camera, Bucknam’s affidavit says.

Bucknam said he was called to a Fayette residence where the victim, a 36-year-old woman, described an assault that apparently occurred overnight Friday into Saturday morning.


She told him she and Hewett became highly intoxicated at Sully’s in Winthrop, returning to their Wayne residence around midnight and arguing over Hewett’s “grabbing her breasts and butt.”

The woman said she told him to stop, saying, “I hate you,” according to the affidavit, which alleges he responded by wrapping his hand around her neck and choking her.

She said Hewett smashed her head into a dresser in their room and she became unconscious. She said when she awoke, Hewett’s father was wiping blood from her face, and then he put her to bed.

Shortly afterward, she said she awakened to hear Hewett’s father yelling for her to get out of the bedroom because the door was on fire. She told the deputy she feared someone was trying to burn her to death while she was passed out.

Hewett’s father was trying to put out the fire, the woman said.

The woman was treated for injuries at a Farmington hospital, according to the affidavit.


Those wounds include a puncture wound that required stitches; scrapes and scratches on her neck, throat, arms and legs; and a bite mark over a “Jason” tattoo on her left breast.

Bucknam said after he interviewed the woman at her friend’s home in Fayette, he learned that Hewett was at the Legion hall and went to arrest him.

Hewett denied assaulting the woman and setting the fire.

The Wayne Fire Department was not called to respond to the fire, according to a department officer.

At the time of the alleged assault, Hewett was free on bail in connection with charges stemming from a June 18 traffic stop in Owls Head.

Hewett was arrested then and charged with providing a false name and date of birth, operating after revocation and operating under the influence.

He was taken to the Knox County jail, according to information from a Maine State Police media log.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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