Police pick up Oxford County sex offenders in compliance sweep

0

PARIS — Police departments and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven men in the past week for violating the rules of their status as sex offenders.

The arrests were part of a compliance check in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Capt. Hart Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. Sex offenders are required to register with the state information including current addresses.

The U.S. Marshals Service has made similar sweeps in other counties this year. In August, seven offenders were found to be violating the rules.

Daley arrested James J. Shortsleeves, 31, of Hiram, on Dec. 6. Shortsleeves was charged failure to register as a sex offender and violating a protection order. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Shortsleeves was convicted of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, both against victims under 14 years old, in Cumberland County Superior Court. His bail was set at $200 cash.

Tony L. Bean, 46, of Norway, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Norway police and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Bean was convicted of eight counts of unlawful sexual contact against a minor under 14 years in Cumberland County Superior Court and one count of gross sexual assault against a minor under 14 years in Oxford County Superior Court. Bean’s bail was set at $500 unsecured.

Brian E. Foss, 32, of Oxford, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Oxford police and charged with his third offense of failure to comply with his conditions as a sex offender. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Foss was convicted of gross sexual assault against a victim under 14 years old in Cumberland County Superior Court. Foss’ bail was set at $20,000 secured surety or $5,000 cash.

Advertisement

David F. Pike, 52, of Harrison, was arrested Dec. 7 by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and charged with failure to register. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Pike was convicted of two counts of unlawful sexual contact against a victim under 14 years old in Oxford County Superior Court. His bail was set at $1,000 unsecured.

Mark A. Cole, 37, of Gilead, was arrested Dec. 8 by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and charged with failure to register. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Cole was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 11th District Court in South Paris.

Joseph Downs, 33, of Rumford, was arrested Dec. 8 by the Rumford Police and charged with failure to register as a sex offender and violation of bail conditions. According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Downs was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years old in 11th District Court in Rumford.

Nicholas D. Morin, 31, of West Paris, was arrested Dec. 9 by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register and violation of bail conditions.  According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Morin was convicted of unlawful sexual contact against a victim under 14 years old at Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Advertisement