For 36 years, Andrew E. Demers (73) had been in law enforcement- six years as Maine’s State Police Chief. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Demers’ has confessed to having illegal sexual contact between 9-10 times with a four-year-old girl at his residence. The acts allegedly took place at the defendant’s residence in Gloucester, Maine. The Maine Criminal Code provides for up to 10 years (and $20,000 fine) in prison for someone convicted of having sexual “contact” with a person under the age of 12. The Legislature has ranked this as a “Class B” Felony. “Class A” Felonies carry up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. While the facts are not clear in this case, it appears that a distinction is made between “contact” and “penetration”- the latter carrying a higher ranking and stiffer penalty. He has been released from jail pending further court appearances.
Demers’ was “Trooper of the Year” in 1969 and 70 and featured on the television program, “Top Cops” in 1991. He has received multiple citations for bravery during his tenure in law enforcement having once drug a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a blazing fire to safety. The man was purportedly shooting at the police during the rescue.
UPDATE: Demers was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting the 4-year-old child. The sentence was five years but one year was suspended to allow for a three-year probationary term. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 for present and future restitution for counseling for the child.