AUGUSTA — A Waterville man will spend 13 years behind bars followed by 25 years of supervised release for raping a 5-year-old girl.

Brian Robert Buzzell II, 29, was sentenced Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center.

He had been in jail since his arrest in June 2014 on a charge of gross sexual assault.

“He was very, very sorry for his actions and didn’t want to put his family through any more than he already had,” said his attorney, Lisa Whittier.

She said that the terms of the sentence mean that if he violates conditions of the supervised release, he could be returned to prison for 25 years.

Under Maine law, a judge can revoke supervised release if the defendant violates the conditions, commits new criminal conduct, or refuses while in prison to participate in a Department of Corrections sex offender treatment program. The statute says, “This time in prison may equal all or part of the period of supervised release, without credit for time served on post-release supervision.”

Whittier said that for Buzzell, “that’s really 38 years of exposure.”

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney described supervised release as “probation on steroids.”

“There is more supervision, and violations are handled swiftly,” she said. “The sentence avoids the drama of the victim having to relive a nightmare and protects the community through prison and supervised release for several decades.”

Conditions of the supervised release prohibit Buzzell from contact with the victim and with all children under age 18.

The case was investigated by Waterville police after an officer was called to Thayer Center for Health on North Street in Waterville by health care personnel who determined that the vaginal bleeding the girl suffered was suspicious. Her parents had taken her there on June 27, 2014. Doctors later transferred her to an unspecified Portland hospital for treatment.

Buzzell initially told authorities that the child had injured herself, but he later confessed to sexually assaulting her, according to a court affidavit filed by Waterville police Detective Alan Perkins.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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