A Skowhegan man charged in February with possession of sexually explicit material depicting a minor under the age of 12 has been indicted on additional charges, including two counts of gross sexual assault.

Neal G. Teixeira, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of sexually explicit material after police searched a Benton storage unit belonging to Teixeira and found child pornography, police said. At the time of the arrest, Waterville Police Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said additional charges could be filed.

A Kennebec County grand jury now has indicted Teixeria on the four new charges, including two charges of gross sexual assault, a class A felony.

Teixeira is charged with two counts alleging he engaged in sexual acts with a girl under the age of 12 between November 2012 and March 2013. Teixeira was also charged with unlawful sexual contact, a class B felony, during the same time period with the same victim.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Teixeira knew the victim well. The girl told an adult about the incidents, which prompted an investigation, Maloney said.

Teixeira is being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of bail of either $10,000 cash or $1,000 cash bail accompanied by a Maine pretrial contract.


Maloney said the lower bail option is completely inappropriate.

After his arrest in February, Teixeira was placed in the pretrial program, which allows for a suspect’s supervised release into the community while awaiting trial.

“That should not be ordered when someone has a class A sex assault case against them,” Maloney said. “I don’t think it should have been offered the first time, but that was a class C felony. Now with two class A felony charges — that’s not what this program is for.”

In addition to the two gross sexual assault charges and the unlawful sexual contact charge, Teixeira was charged with two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials, both class C felonies.

The two gross sexual assault charges carry maximum prison sentences of 30 years and up to a $50,000 fine. The class B unlawful sexual contact charge carries up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine. Both possession charges can bring up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Teixeira’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 5, Maloney said.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239 | [email protected] | Twitter: @jessescardina

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.