AUGUSTA — A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a woman Monday morning at the Kennebec River Rail Trail, police said.

The Augusta Police Department responded to the incident around 7 a.m. Monday with a representative from the Maine State Police.

A pedestrian rushed to the aid of the unidentified woman, according to a press release from the Augusta Police Department, though additional details of the incident were not immediately released.

Police responded and arrested James W. Oliver, 57, listed as a transient from Lincoln County. Oliver was arrested on charges of gross sexual assault, criminal threatening and unlawful sexual contact.

He was being held Monday without bail at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

The Kennebec River Rail Trail is a public trail system that runs along the Kennebec River, parallel to Water Street. The 6.5-mile paved trail runs from Augusta to Hallowell, Farmingdale and Gardiner.

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