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Police charge Madawaska man with sexual abuse of a minor

MADAWASKA, Maine —  Derek Beaulieu of Madawaska faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor in court on Feb. 7.

Police arrested and charged Beaulieu, 23, on Jan. 17 following a joint investigation between the Madawaska Police Department’s Lt. Jamie Pelletier and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office Detective Corey Saucier.

Madawaska police learned of alleged inappropriate private messages between Beaulieu and a 14-year-old female in Caribou, after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children  flagged the messages as suspicious, Pelletier said.

After determining that Beaulieu had arranged a meeting with the victim, on Jan. 3, NCMEC notified the Caribou Police Department of the messages, since the minor resided in Caribou. Pelletier said Beaulieu met with the victim and a sex act occurred.

However, because the alleged offender lives in Madawaska, Pelletier said the MPD received the case and, due to jurisdiction details, enlisted Saucier’s assistance.

Saucier arrested Beaulieu, who made bail and will appear Feb. 7 at Caribou District Court.

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