A former Waterville man was charged with sexual assault of a minor while already incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail on another charge.

Ryan Owens, 36, turned himself in to serve a 30-day jail sentence on a probation revocation Jan. 4, the day after the Skowhegan Police Department launched an investigation into a reported sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl, according to a news release from Skowhegan Police Chief Don Bolduc.

Owens, a former Waterville resident who is now a transient living in the Skowhegan area, according to police, was charged Wednesday while still in jail with unlawful sexual contact, a class B felony.

The investigation into the sexual assault came after a parent reported that a family friend, who had been staying with them, had sexually touched their daughter.

Owens turned himself in the day after the investigation began to serve a sentence on the unrelated probation revocation for trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Detective Sgt. Joshua King and Sgt. Joel Cummings handled the investigation, conducting interviews that led to probable cause and the sexual contact charge against Owens, according to the news release.


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