RUMFORD – Police went door-to-door this week alerting residents to two convicted sex offenders who moved here last month, raising the total number of sex offenders in town to 34.

Additionally, Detective Sgt. Daniel Garbarini contacted newspapers to further notify the public about Joshua Robert Irving and Evan David Lincoln.

On Monday, Irving, 27, moved to 76 Maine Ave. from Jay, and Lincoln, 23, was just released from prison and now lives in apartment No. 4 at 928 Prospect Ave., Garbarini said Friday.

According to the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Irving, who is still listed as living in Jay, was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor on Aug. 3, 2000, in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington. The victim was among the ages of 14 and 16 while Irving was at least 19 years old.

He received a suspended jail sentence of 30 days and a year of probation.

Originally from Elida, Ohio, Lincoln was convicted of gross sexual assault on May 9, 2005, in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris, according to the registry.

His victim in 2002 was an Andover girl who was under the age of 14. At the time, he was 18 years old. Lincoln was sentenced May 9, 2005, to three years in jail.

According to the detective, Irving must register for the next decade, but Lincoln is considered a lifetime registrant.

Garbarini said he was concerned about both men, but more with Irving, who now lives opposite Chisholm Head Start. It is a school for children up to age 5, the former Chisholm Elementary School.

Irving also lives within two other school zones – St. Athanasius and St. John and SAD 43’s Rumford Elementary, whereas Lincoln lives near Pennacook Learning Center, SAD 43’s day treatment program for students in grades K-12. Located in Rumford’s Virginia neighborhood, it is SAD 43’s former Virginia Elementary School.

“With both of them, their victims were under the age of 14, so I think it could be argued they have the potential” to be of concern, said Garbarini, who mainly investigates sex crimes in Rumford. “We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls already about them … mostly from people looking for more information.”

Sgt. David Bean said Friday evening that when certain sex offenders move into a school zone, department policy is to notify neighbors and the public.

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