A retired Maine police officer pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse to a teenager.
Ex-Maine Police Officer Indicted of Sexual Abuse
71-year-old former Kennebunk officer, Andrew Belisle, was charged with two counts of sexually abusing a minor. According to a post by Fox News, he was also charged with one count each of unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.
He pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges involving a 14-year-old child. The alleged sexual abuse took place the same year the officer retired from the force. The charge states that it took place between June 2019 and October 2020. He was a member of the force for nearly three decades and retired as a sergeant. Reports say that neither Belisle nor his attorney responded to requests for comment.
The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Children
Children who fall victim to sexual abuse suffer from the trauma they experience. There are factors that determine how a child is impacted by sexual abuse which usually fall into three categories says the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.
The Child’s previous experiences and history:
The child’s prior psychological issues are critical pre-abuse factors that increase the possibility of serious problems. The risk is greater if the child has previously been the victim of sexual abuse or other traumatic events.
Nature of the sexual abuse and the child’s reactions:
A child is significantly impacted by the abusive aspects of the assault, particularly those that involve force and violence. The most significant factor is whether the child believed they were in imminent danger and that the assault could result in their death or injury.
Responses by others upon disclosure of abuse:
The caregivers’ response to the abuse, particularly whether or not it is positive, is the most crucial response. Disbelief, blaming the child for the victimization, or blaming the child for causing trouble for the family are all reactions that increase the likelihood of negative outcomes.