Rumford man arrested for engaging in a sexual act with an 8 year old child

Media release issued by: Chief Tony L. Milligan

RUMFORD - On Tuesday, Rumford Police arrested IZAYHA WALSH, 19 of 231 Knox Street, Rumford and charged him with Gross Sexual Assault, Class A felony resulting from WALSH's sexual encounter with an 8 year old female.

On July 23, the Jay Police Department shared information with the Rumford Police they had received from the Department of Health and Human Services' Child Protective Services indicating that a child may have been the victim of a sexual assault committed in Rumford recently. Criminal investigators specializing in sexual assault investigations involving children were immediately assigned and initiated an investigation.

The investigation revealed that WALSH and the child, who were not strangers to one another, had gone for a walk along a trail near the Androscoggin River in the downtown Rumford area on the afternoon of April 20, and it was at that time in the woods that WALSH engaged in the sexual act with the child.

Once sufficient, corroborative evidence was obtained, lead criminal investigator Captain Daniel Garbarini applied for a Warrant of Arrest from the Unified Criminal Docket Court in Rumford and requested an Order that WALSH be prohibited from having any further contact with the victim. The Court issued the Warrant and ordered WALSH to be held without bail pending his initial appearance in Court, and further ordered WALSH to have no contact with the victim. Rumford Police took WALSH into custody without incident on Tuesday in Rumford and transported him to the Oxford County Jail in South Paris.

On Wednesday, WALSH was arraigned in Court in Rumford and the Judge set bail at $1,000 cash or personal recognizance with a Maine Pre-Trial Services (MPS) contract, provided that MPS agrees to supervise WALSH. The Court further ordered that as a condition of his release, that WALSH has no contact with any child under the age of 16 and that he obtain counseling. WALSH's next Court appearance in Rumford is expected to be on December 23.

If convicted of this crime, WALSH will face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a maximum $50,000 fine.

Rumford Police work tirelessly to protect children in the community and hold those accountable that cause harm by thoroughly investigating all reports of possible child abuse. If you have information about this case or other possible child abuse cases, Rumford Police strongly encourages you to report it immediately by calling the police at 207-364-4551 or by calling the Child Protective Services hotline at 1-800-452-1999. Both agencies are able to respond to calls of child abuse 24/7. Rumford Police also has an anonymous tip reporting system on their website: www.rumfordpd.com