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ANF rape suspect indicted

Federal grand jury issues charges

September 15, 2010
The man accused in an abduction and sexual assault incident that occurred on the Allegheny National Forest in August has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie. United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Tuesday that Mike Beaulieu, 35, formerly of Anson, Maine, was indicted on charges of aggravated sexual abuse, kidnapping, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about Aug. 3 in the Allegheny National Forest, Beaulieu kidnapped a female and used a handgun to force her to engage in a sexual act. In addition, Beaulieu restrained the victim’s boyfriend during the course of the kidnapping. Beaulieu was a felon at the time he possessed the .45 caliber pistol. Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government. A source close to the investigation indicated that the federal charges and the prosecution of the case are being coordinated with the Warren County District Attorney Ross McKeirnan through the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The source added, “District Attorney Ross McKeirnan and his office have been very helpful and cooperative throughout this process. It is obvious they placed the needs of the victims as the first priority.” The Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment. According to the Department of Justice, law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $1.25 million, or both in Beaulieu’s case. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant. After fleeing Pennsylvania, Beaulieu returned to Maine where he entered Canada and was later apprehended near Baker Lac, New Brunswick, Canada. He is currently incarcerated in a Canadian prison awaiting court proceedings for four charges under the Canadian Customs Act for illegally crossing the border, four criminal charges related to the firearm he had in his possession at the time of apprehension and one charge for marijuana possession.

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