Maine Man Accused of Sexual Assault

According to reports from Knox County Sheriff’s Office, a Warren man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman with a cellphone after the woman refused to answer his phone calls.

Jerome Cushing, 37, is charged with gross sexual assault and two counts of domestic violence assault. He was arrested on Monday following a report from the victim about the alleged assaults to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office, about a month ago, Cushing allegedly entered the woman’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her with a cellphone.

The victim told police that Cushing has repeatedly assaulted her physically, hitting her about 10 times during the past year and a half. The most recent assault allegedly happened on Sunday, when the victim said Cushing punched her in the arm and broke her reading glasses.

According to the affidavit, Cushing denied all the allegations. He told police that the woman suffered the injury to her arm when she was helping him work under his car.

A Knox County judge set Cushing’s bail at $1,500 during a Wednesday court appearance. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 16.

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