- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

SMITHFIELD, Maine (AP) - A convicted sex offender has been arrested on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a Maine woman after pretending to be interested in a car she was selling.

The Morning Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1qLrlXJ ) 41-year-old Christopher Cates was charged Wednesday with unlawful sexual contact and violating conditions of release. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail without bail.

The assault was reported on May 9. Authorities say Cates went to the 60-year-old woman’s Smithfield home under the premise that he was looking at a vehicle she had for sale.

Authorities say the Bingham man then sexually assaulted her at her home.

Cates has convictions for unlawful sexual contact in 1996, 2000 and 2004. He’s a lifetime registrant of the Maine Sex Offender Registry.


Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/



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