Earlier this year the Bangor Police Department responded to two reports of sexual assaults that took place.

Lt. Paul Edwards says on June 15th they responded to a report of a sexual assault in the downtown area involving an adult female and a male suspect. Then on July 9th to a separate report of an attempted sexual assault of an adult female by a male suspect in the area of Hammond Street, during which a weapon was brandished.

Lt. Edwards says as a result of their investigation 55 year old Ernest Nieders has been arrested and charged with Gross Sexual Assault, Attempted Gross Sexual Assault, and Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon.

Lt. Edwards says Nieders is a registered sex offender with multiple convictions in Colorado and California.

He is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $150,000 cash bail.