A man who once served as Maine's top cop is now an accused child molester. 73 year old Andrew Demers was arrested this morning and charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a child younger than 12 years old. Demers was once the chief of the Maine State Police and held that position from 1987 to 1993. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Demers was arrested after detectives investigated reports that Demers had “an ongoing unlawful sexual contact situation” with the alleged victim.
The current Chief of the Maine State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, released a statement today.
"The State Police are stunned at the allegation, and saddened for the victim and their family. Our thoughts and concerns are with them. We learned of the allegations last Monday and immediately referred the case to the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. To avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, we suggested that the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office investigate and we have had no further involvement in the investigation. Demers served 26 years with the State Police. He joined the department in 1967.
Bangor Police have identified the body that was found by the entrance sign of Walmart, as 27 year old Derek McLeod of Bangor. An autopsy was conducted by the medical examiner’s office and the cause of death is pending as they wait for toxicology test results. This is still an active investigation. Anyone who saw or had contact with McLeod on the evening of March 12 into the morning of March 13 and feels they may have helpful information is encouraged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384 ext 5714.