ELLSWORTH — An Orland man will spend one year in jail for sexually assaulting a neighbor after being found guilty last month in a jury-waived trial in Hancock County Superior Court.
In a Jan. 26 decision, Justice Ann Murray found 31-year-old William Kepner guilty of one count of Class C unlawful sexual contact and one count of aggravated criminal trespass. Kepner was found not guilty on a burglary charge.
On Jan. 30, Murray sentenced Kepner to four years in prison, with all but one year suspended. Class C crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison.
According to Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, Kepner entered the Orland home of his neighbor through a window during the early morning hours of July 17, 2011, and used his hand to make sexual contact with her as she lay on a couch, where she had been sleeping. Prior to the contact, Kepner made remarks indicating he was to engage in other sexual acts with the victim, saying, “I’m not going to hurt you” and “You’ll like this.”
The victim, who was 63 years old at the time, was able to persuade Kepner that she had to use the bathroom and he allowed her to get off the couch. Instead, she tried to leave through an exterior door. He grabbed her to prevent her from leaving and guided her to the bathroom, where she was able to close and lock the door. After a period of time, Kepner “lost interest” and left the home, Kellett said. The victim, satisfied that Kepner had gone, then ran barefoot to the home of another neighbor, who notified police.