ROCKLAND, Maine — A 55-year-old Jefferson man is being held without bail until his Friday afternoon court appearance, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl eight years ago.

Darrell Crosby is being held at the Knox County Jail on one count each of unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.

An affidavit filed by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Twitchell states that the department learned of the alleged assaults last month when the mother of the girl told police that her daughter had disclosed the assaults to her. The assaults occurred over a six-year period ending in 2011, according to the affidavit.

The girl told police the assaults began when she 4 years old and occurred at a residence in Owls Head, according to the affidavit.

Crosby thus far has only been charged with two counts from 2006.

Crosby was interviewed by police and initially denied anything had occurred. He also initially agreed to take a polygraph test but failed to show up for the test on March 30. When he was next contacted by police, he admitted that something had gone on between the child and himself but maintained that the child was the one who targeted and attacked him repeatedly. He said that he never reported the assaults because he did not want the girl to get into trouble.

Crosby also told police that he had been the victim of a sexual assault when he was a child living in New York, the affidavit stated. He also said he suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Crosby will make his appearance Friday in Rockland District Court.

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.