Sex Offender Charged with Assaulting Corrections Officer

Sheriff's Deputies have charged 38 year old Maurice Boyce of Linneus with assault on a corrections officer.

On November 6th, Boyce failed to appear in court in Caribou for jury selection.

Deputy Sheriff Alishia Ledger tracked him down in Linneus and arrested him.

Boyce was transported directly to Caribou where he pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual assault, three counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of sexual abuse of a minor. The case was continued for sentencing and Boyce was returned to the county jail.

On Thursday, Boyce learned that he was not going to post bail and became irate and disruptive. Boyce tried to slam a cell door on Corrections Sgt. Randy Schools and a struggle ensued to restrain Boyce. In that struggle, Boyce intentionally bit Corrections Officer Eric Grant on the forearm. Boyce was quickly subdued and taken to a secure isolation area.

Officer Grant was treated for his injuries at Houlton Regional Hospital and returned to work.

The sex offenses Boyce is convicted of were investigated by Sheriff's Detective Stewart Kennedy, and for the most serious offense, a Class A felony, Boyce faces up to 30 years in prison.

Boyce faces an additional five years in prison for the assualt charge.

"Our Corrections Officers have a very challenging job and deserve great credit for the restraint they are expected to show on a daily basis," said Sheriff Darrell Crandall. "We will not tolerate assaults, of any kind, on our officers and staff."

Boyce will remain in jail until sentenced.