AUGUSTA — A 60-year-old West Gardiner man was arrested Friday on a charge of unlawful sexual contact after an alleged encounter with a teenager last April at his home.

The man, Kenneth D. Marquis Sr., was arrested around 8:30 a.m. and taken to the Kennebec County jail, according to a news release from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

The teenager named in the complaint against Marquis is 16 years old.

On Friday afternoon, Marquis had his initial appearance at the Capital Judicial Center on a video feed from the jail. After the hearing, he was released from jail on $1,000 bail, with conditions of release that include no contact with the alleged victim.

Unlawful sexual contact is a class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General.

Police arrested Marquis on Friday morning after meeting with the teenager multiple times in June, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Detective Brittany Johnson, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators also tried to speak with Marquis, but no one answered the door when they stopped at his home on June 28. After they reached him by phone, he ultimately declined to meet with them, Johnson said.

He also told them he has an attorney, but the attorney was not identified in the affidavit.

Staff writer Betty Adams contributed reporting.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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Twitter: @ceichacker


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