CALAIS, Maine — A local man convicted three years ago of possession of child pornography is facing charges that he sexually molested and assaulted a girl for years, starting when she was 8 years old, according to court documents.

Forrest Sapiel, 35, was indicted Sept. 14 by a Washington County grand jury on two charges of gross sexual assault and two charges of unlawful sexual contact.

According to an affidavit filed this past March at Calais District Court, Sapiel is accused of first abusing the girl in 2010, when she was in third grade, and of continuing to sexually abuse and assault her until late 2015 or early 2016, when she was nearly 14 years old.

In 2013, Sapiel pleaded guilty to 19 charges of possessing child pornography after thousands of pornographic images were found on his computer. Police found the images in April 2012 when they executed a search warrant at Sapiel’s home in Pleasant Point, where he lived at that time. Police had determined that an internet service provider account that was being used to access child pornography was registered to someone who lived at Sapiel’s address.

After pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in 2013, Sapiel was sentenced to 16 years in prison with all but one year suspended and was ordered to serve 12 years of probation following his release. He also was required to register with the state as a convicted sex offender for a full 10 years.

At the time, Justice Donald Alexander imposed additional conditions on Sapiel, including that he have no contact with his daughter, who is now 8 years old, unless in the presence of another adult and with the approval of his probation officer, and that he have no contact with any other children under the age of 16. The judge also ordered that Sapiel’s access to the internet and social media sites must be approved and monitored by his probation officer.

Sapiel told officials as part of the child porn investigation that he had been abused as a child and that viewing child pornography had been a problem for him since he was a “very young” child.

“I look forward to being out of this dark period of my life,” Sapiel told the judge at his 2013 sentencing.

On Thursday, Sapiel remained held without bail at Washington County Jail in Machias, where he has been since his arrest last spring on the sexual assault and sexual contact charges.

Attempts Thursday to contact Sapiel’s attorney, Jeffrey Davidson of Machias, were unsuccessful.

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Bill Trotter

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