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Suspect in Cambridge attempted sex assault held on $50,000 bail

Mark Meech is charged with burglary with the intent to commit gross sexual assault, burglary with the intent to commit assault, and obstructing report of crime or injury.

CAMBRIDGE (WGME) -- Court documents are shedding new light on a door knock that turned into an attempted sexual assault in the town of Cambridge.

According to a court affidavit, the victim is a 71-year-old widow. She was visiting a friend up the road from her home on Sunday, when Mark Meech, 48, showed up to socialize. They made small talk, and according to the affidavit, when she left, he handed her a piece of paper with his name and number, offering to do odd jobs.

The affidavit says Meech showed up in her front yard later that day. When she got nervous, she told him she needed to be somewhere.

Thirty minutes later, she heard a knock on the door and saw it was Meech. According to court documents, he said his car had broken down and asked to use her phone. While the door was cracked open, police said he reached out and grabbed her by the wrist, then pushed her back into the house and slammed the door shut.

The affidavit says Meech knocked the phone out of her hand, grabbed her by her arms and dragged her across the kitchen to a different room, at one point, leaning in and trying to kiss her. Suddenly, he let go, said "Alright, I won't," and took off.

Court documents say a short time later, the victim's nephew was driving nearby when a man matching Meech's description ran out of the woods and got into a parked truck.

Meech is charged with burglary with the intent to commit gross sexual assault, burglary with the intent to commit assault, and obstructing report of crime or injury.

The victim tells CBS 13 it was extremely traumatic. While she wasn't physically injured, she's still shaken up and scared to be left alone.

Meech is being held on $50,000 cash bail. He's due back in court at the end of September.

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