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Westerly man is facing sexual assault charges for a second time

WAKEFIELD — A Westerly man previously convicted of second-degree sexual assault on a young male, after having a number of other charges dismissed, has again been charged with the same crime, more than 15 years later.

Andrew C. Teehan, 43, of 50 Pierce St., Apt. 3, was charged Aug. 20 with one count of second-degree sexual assault, after a young male reported the incident to another person, who called police on July 21. Teehan entered no plea to the charge before Judge Madeline Quirk on Aug. 28 in 4th Division District Court, as is customary with a felony case. He was released on surety bail and the case was transferred to Superior Court for felony screening by the attorney general’s office.

Police report in the latest incident the alleged victim said he and others had been at Teehan’s apartment where they had been drinking. He said after others left, he laid on the couch because he did not want to drive home after he had been drinking. He said it was at that time when Teehan attempted to sexually assault him.

The alleged victim said he punched Teehan in the face and the two began to scuffle before he ran out of the apartment. Teehan denied the allegations when talking to police, indicating he and the young male had been friends for more than three years and “get in scuffles all the time.”

Teehan is also scheduled to appear in Superior Court on charges that he is in violation of conditions of his probation on previous charges. His next scheduled court date is Sept. 17, when Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg is expected to hear arguments on whether he has violated any conditions.

In 1996, Westerly police charged Teehan, a former member of the Westerly Ambulance Corps, with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree sexual assault. Teehan pleaded no contest to one charge of second-degree sexual assault in 1997, having spent several months in prison as his case went through the system and he continued to be held without bail.

He was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence, with five years of probation, along with a special program, monetary contributions to the victims fund and probation fund.

Teehan does not yet have an attorney listed.

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