ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Trenton man accused of stabbing a woman before stabbing himself last week has been charged with gross sexual assault in connection with the incident, according to police.

James R. Stanton Jr., 48, was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the Feb. 12 incident at his Oak Point Road home. He was released Monday from the hospital, where he was kept under police guard, and taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where he was booked in on charges of elevated aggravated assault and gross sexual assault, according to jail records.

Detective Sgt. Troy Gardner of Maine State Police said Tuesday that both charges stem from the same event and involve the same victim. Both elevated aggravated assault and gross sexual assault are Class A felonies, he said, each of which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The day of the stabbing, Maine State Police indicated that Stanton was accused of attacking a woman at the home before he fled into the woods behind the house. Police were notified of the alleged stabbing at around 1 a.m. Feb. 12, after the woman ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

About an hour later, police and state game wardens who responded to the incident found Stanton in the woods with “severe knife wounds.” He was taken to EMMC for treatment. The woman also was taken to EMMC for treatment, but police described her injuries as “less severe” than Stanton’s.

Stanton is due to make his initial court appearance in Ellsworth on Thursday, according to Gardner.

Police have declined to release other details about the case.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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