Offender: Brandon Street

2 counts of criminal trespass – Waterville Police

2 counts of assault – Waterville Police

1 count of gross sexual assault – Augusta Police

Location: Waterville, Maine; Augusta, Maine

Date: 06/27/07

Magazine Sales Crew: Tower of  Power

Magazine Sales Company: Pacific Coast Clearing Services Inc.

PCCS Website: http://www.pccsonline.com/home.html

 

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Waterville, Maine police department

Police case number: 07-WAT1142AR

Court Case Docket # CR07704

Status: In Progress

Augusta Police Department at 207-626-2370

Waterville Police Department at 207-680-4700.

Augusta DA’s Office: 207-623-1156

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Door To Door Salesmen Charged With Assault, Trespassing

 

Web Editor: Vivien Leigh, reporter 

Created: 6/29/2007 5:22:19 PM

Updated: 6/30/2007 4:50:31 PM

 

AUGUSTA (NEWS CENTER) -- A door-to-door salesman was formally arraigned Friday on charges ranging from assault to criminal tresspassing. Police in Augusta and Waterville say Brandon Street assaulted homeowners after they allowed him to make his sales pitch in their homes.

 

Police say the California man is also under investigation for sexually assaulting an Augusta woman in her home after she agreed to buy magazines from him. Police say the 22-year-old told the victim he was selling magazines to raise money for his college tution.

 

Police say Street attacked the woman after she bough a magazine subscription. Earlier that day, Street allegedly tried to kiss another woman in Augusta after she refused to buy a magazine subscription.

 

Waterville police say Street also refused to leave the homes of two other women and hugged twin sisters after his sales pitch.

 

Police say Street is one of a group of door-to-door salesmen who arrived in central Maine last week. But police say there are no reports that any of the others are involved in criminal activity.

 

Police say there could be more victims in the area.

 

"They're approaching homeowners wanting to sell magazines and one individual has become very aggressive and assaulted women, one sexually. We believe that there might be other victims wither here in the city or in the greater Augusta area," said Chief Wayne McCamish from the Augusta Police Department.

 

If you have any information, you can contact the Augusta Police Department at 626-2370 or the Waterville Police Department at 680-4700.

 

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'Magazine salesman' charged with assault

By AMY CALDER

Staff Writer

 

Saturday, June 30, 2007

 

WATERVILLE -- A man claiming to be a magazine salesman has been charged with assault and criminal trespass after he reportedly touched and made unwanted advances to people in their homes.

Brandon Street, 22, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., was being held Friday at Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta on $101,000 bail.

 

He also was charged with assault in that city in connection with an incident in which he reportedly pushed his way into a woman's house and kissed or attempted to kiss her, according to Augusta police.

 

Waterville police Sgt. Charles "Chip" J. Rumsey IV said Friday that Street was charged by Officer Tristan Russell with two counts of criminal trespass and two counts of assault.

 

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Waterville police received several complaints of suspicious activity involving someone who was approaching residents and reportedly selling magazines, according to Rumsey.

 

In one case, he was invited into a home on Pleasant Street and during the course of the sales pitch the resident became very uncomfortable and asked him to leave. But he refused to do so and became very persistent and demanded she pay him for magazines, Rumsey said.

 

"Ultimately, the resident's daughter arrived home and found out what was going on and threatened to call the Police Department if he didn't leave," Rumsey said. "At that point in time he did leave."

 

A similar incident then occurred on Silvermount, where, when a woman said she did not want to buy any magazines, a man became agitated and upset and refused to leave, according to Rumsey. When she threatened to call police, he left.

 

At another home on Silvermount, a man approached two females who were on the front porch and started talking with them and then hugged each of them without being asked, Rumsey said.

 

Police, including Rumsey, responded to the areas where the complaints originated. Meanwhile, police dispatcher Joel Waye recognized the situation and description of the magazine seller as similar to information issued in a teletype by Augusta police, Rumsey said.

 

Waterville police contacted Augusta police and Officer Russell went to Augusta, interviewed Street and charged him, Rumsey said.

 

Rumsey noted that the state and city require people who go door-to-door to obtain a permit. If anyone has a concern or suspicion about whether someone is permitted, police are more than happy to check, he said. He also cautioned people to not let strangers into their homes.

 

Amy Calder -- 861-9247

 

acalder@centralmaine.com

 

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Jailed seller eyed in 2 cities

Saturday, June 30, 2007

MaineToday.com

 

Already charged in Augusta, a man claiming to be a magazine salesman has also been charged with assault and criminal trespass in Waterville after allegedly assaulting people in their homes there.

Brandon Street, 22, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., was being held Friday at Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta on $101,000 bail.

 

Lt. Keith Brann of the Augusta Police Department's criminal investigation division said Street was charged with assault after either kissing a woman or trying to kiss her after he pushed his way into her Augusta home.

 

He also was charged with sexually assaulting a 33-year-old Augusta woman after she invited him into her home to discuss magazine sales.

 

Both incidents took place in the early part of the week.

 

Police say people who do door-to-door sales are required to obtain a permit.

 

If anyone has a concern or suspicion about whether someone is permitted, police ask residents to call their local police departments.

 

They also cautioned people to not let strangers into their homes.

 

Amy Calder -- 861-9247

acalder@centralmaine.com

 

 

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Door-to-door salesman sentenced to 29 months for assaults

January 26, 2008

 

AUGUSTA, Maine --A judge in Augusta has handed a 29-month prison sentence to a door-to-door magazine salesman from California for assaulting women in their homes.

 

A prosecutor said the victims felt violated when 22-year-old Brandon Street forced hugs and kisses on them and refused to leave when asked.

 

The victims wrote to the judge and one addressed the court yesterday just prior to Street's sentencing.

 

The offenses, all misdemeanors, occurred over a two-day period last June in Augusta and Waterville and included four counts of assault and two acts of criminal trespass. Superior Court Justice John Nivison imposed consecutive sentences on all but one of the offenses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Magazine salesman sentenced

 

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By Kennebec Journal Staff report

January 25, 2008 12:53 PM

 

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AMAUGUSTA — A door-to-door magazine salesman from California who forced hugs and kisses — and maybe more — on potential subscribers, and refused to leave when asked, heard a prosecutor describe today how violated those women felt in their homes.

 

The victims of Brandon R. Street, 22, wrote to the judge, and one addressed the judge in Kennebec County Superior Court shortly before Street was sentenced to 29 months in prison for four assaults and two acts of criminal trespass that occurred in Augusta and Waterville over two days in late June 2007.

 

Justice John Nivison imposed consecutive sentences on all but one of the offenses, all misdemeanors.

 

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Judge slams door on vendor

 

By BETTY ADAMS

Staff Writer

01/26/2008

 

AUGUSTA -- A door-to-door magazine salesman from California who forced hugs and kisses -- and maybe more -- on potential subscribers heard a prosecutor describe how his female victims felt violated in their homes.

Brandon R. Street's victims wrote the judge and one spoke at a Kennebec County Superior Court hearing Friday.

 

Street was sentenced to 29 months in prison for his conviction in four assaults and two acts of criminal trespass that occurred in Augusta and Waterville over two days in late June 2007.

 

Justice John Nivison imposed consecutive sentences on all but one of the misdemeanor offenses, as requested by the state.

 

"Preying on unsuspecting individuals in their homes shakes the confidence of all individuals," Nivison said.

 

One set of victims said they acquired a security alarm and two dogs as a result of their encounter with Street.

 

"My life has been forever altered," said one woman who was assaulted by Street. "I relive that assault repeatedly."

 

She said she withdrew from friends and questioned her faith after the attack.

 

"I don't feel completely safe in my own home," the woman said. It is the policy of the newspaper not to identify victims of sex assaults.

 

According to a sentencing memorandum by assistant district attorney Paul Rucha, the woman said she was raped but had only a hazy memory of the event.

 

Court documents show that Street, 22, was picked up by Augusta police on June 25, 2007, after several women in the Fairbanks Street and Sparrow Drive area complained about a magazine salesman who tried to hug or kiss them after trying to get them to purchase magazine subscriptions.

 

Three men from the same company, Tower of Power Sales, Inc., were all in the area selling subscriptions, and Street admitted the assaults.

 

Police summonsed Street on two counts of assault, and he was released.

 

Two days later, on June 27, 2007, he was on Silvermount Street in Waterville, where several other people complained he forced offensive physical contact on them. In two of those cases, Street refused to leave until people threatened to call police.

 

He was arrested that night and has been in the Kennebec County jail since. He pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to the charges.

 

"Each assault occurred in a home environment where a person should feel safe," Rucha said.

 

Kevin Sullivan, the attorney representing Street, noted Street had some mental problems and failed to recognize inappropriate behavior.

 

Sullivan asked that Street be sentenced to the eight months he has already served and be free to return home. That request was rejected.

 

Court records list Street's address as Rancho Cordova, Calif. They indicate he grew up in Ohio and has served jail time in Ohio, Nebraska and Washington for breaking and entering, theft and other offenses.

 

He has an outstanding warrant from Washington charging him with escape from community supervision, but the state has refused to extradite him.

 

Street said nothing and showed no reaction in court on Friday.

 

Betty Adams -- 621-5631

 

badams@centralmaine.com