ELLSWORTH — A Southwest Harbor man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for sexually assaulting his daughter.
Justice Andrew Mead sentenced Darren Savage, 27, in Hancock County Superior Court. The judge suspended all but three years of the sentence and imposed six years of probation.
Savage, 27, pleaded guilty last June to numerous gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact charges pending against him. He confessed in 1993 to sexually assaulting his daughter starting when she was 6 years old.
He has been out on bail in the interim and has had no contact with the child. The conditions of his probation include no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16. Mead said Savage should have no contact with the victim or her family unless the contact is approved by the Department of Corrections.
Steven Juskewitch, deputy district attorney in Hancock County, said the sexual assault had occurred over a significant period of time. He said Savage only admitted to his deeds when his wife discovered him in the act.
Savage’s attorney, William Reiff, said his client is “deeply sensitive to the trauma he has caused.” He said Savage was sexually abused as a child and has been going to counseling for his problem.
Juskewitch disputed one of Reiff’s contentions about his client — that Savage had used no violence in the assault. Juskewitch said that sexually assaulting a child is in itself a violent act and that Savage had threatened his child with harm if she told anyone. “It was extremely sadistic,” Juskewitch added.
Mead said the abuse was “serious and egregious” and had had a profound ripple effect on the victim and her family. He said Savage seemed genuinely remorseful, adding the defendant has a “desire to understand … his demons and to deal with them in the future.”