CUSHING, Maine — A judge set bail Monday at $5,000 cash for a 49-year-old Cushing man charged with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

Timothy Sanford, who was arrested Friday morning, was still being held Monday afternoon at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on a single count of unlawful sexual contact.

An investigation in the case began in late March when the child’s pediatrician contacted the child protection division of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to an affidavit filed in Rockland Unified Court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The girl told the doctor that Sanford would play a tickle game with her and that she did not like it, according to the affidavit.

Sanford denied the sexual assault allegation and agreed to take a polygraph test, administered by the sheriff’s office, which was inconclusive, according to the affidavit. Also, according to the court documents, when the girl was on the witness stand during a hearing on a protection-from-abuse request filed by her mother, the youngster said she could not remember what had happened and the protection order was not issued.

The girl later told an employee of Spurwink Services, however, that Sanford would touch her private areas during the game. Spurwink Services is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of mental health and educational services for children, adolescents, adults and families.

After being notified by Spurwink, the sheriff’s office obtained the arrest warrant for Sanford on Friday.

During Sanford’s initial court appearance Monday in Knox County Unified Court, defense attorney for the day William Pagnano asked for bail to be set at $2,500 cash.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody argued that the child’s statements to police and to Spurwink were consistent and he requested that Sanford’s bail be set at $15,000 cash. Baroody added that during the earlier protection-from-abuse hearing, the family did not have an attorney representing them and that the mother did the questioning. Sanford meanwhile had an attorney represent him at that hearing.

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.