September 16, 2019

Sullivan man charged in rape of 15-year-old girl

SULLIVAN – A local man faces charges that he raped an Otis girl a week before Christmas while the girl was being given a ride home, according to court documents.

Charles Gibson, 23, has been charged with gross sexual assault for allegedly forcing the 15-year-old girl to have sex in the back seat of a vehicle on Dec. 17, according to an affidavit filed Dec. 22 in District Court by Hancock County sheriff’s Detective Alan Brown.

Gibson, also known by the nickname “Snoopy,” is from Alabama but has been living on Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan since September, the affidavit indicated.

The alleged victim told Brown she met Gibson in person on the day of the supposed rape. She claims he forced her to have sex in the back seat of a vehicle while another man drove it from a house in Sullivan to her home in Otis, according to the court document.

The girl told Brown that she told Gibson to stop and that she unsuccessfully tried to push him away. She also said that when she got home, she cried and took a long shower, according to Brown.

The girl’s mother called police the next day to report the alleged crime.

Gibson subsequently told Brown that the girl initiated sex while riding in the back seat and that the sex was consensual. Gibson and the girl each claim the other told the driver during the alleged incident to turn up music playing in the car, which was “fairly loud,” the affidavit indicates.

The alleged victim told Brown that she first spoke to Gibson during a phone conversation on Dec. 16, the day before the incident. She said Gibson had told her that he has served three years in prison for attempted murder and that his ex-girlfriend has a protection order against him.

Gibson still was in custody Tuesday at the Hancock County Jail, where he is being held on bail of $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety. His bail conditions require him to avoid any contact with the victim, her family, and the driver of the vehicle; not to possess alcohol or drugs; to submit to random searches and testing; and to observe a curfew every day between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Gibson is scheduled to go on trial on the gross sexual assault charge on Jan. 13 in Ellsworth District Court.

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