Waterville sex offender fails to register, earns federal time

Posted July 24, 2009, at 7:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Waterville man serving a sentence at the Maine State Prison for sexually abusing two minor females in 2007 was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to more than seven years in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Maine from Rhode Island about three years ago.

Olin Dudley Stevens, 38, was sentenced last year in Kennebec County Superior Court to eight years in state prison for sexually assaulting the two girls, both of whom were under the age of 14, according to an article previously published by the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Thursday ordered that Stevens serve a total of seven years and one month — four years and 11 months to be concurrent with the state sentence, and two years and two months to be served in federal prison after Stevens is released from the Warren facility.

Woodcock also ordered that Stevens be on supervised release for 15 years after he completes his sentence on the federal charge.

Stevens faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, he faced between seven years and eight years and nine months in prison.

The judge recommended that Stevens undergo sex offender treatment while in federal prison. A similar program is not available in the state prison system.

Stevens was required to register as a sex offender in Rhode Island and Maine after his conviction in 1993 on two counts of sexual assault, according to court documents. His criminal history in Rhode Island dates back nearly 20 years, according to court documents. He was convicted twice in Rhode Island for failing to register as a sex offender in that state.

Stevens was a foster child in Rhode Island from an early age, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney, federal public defender Virginia Villa. He was abused by his father and sexually abused by a priest, Villa wrote.

“The world of Olin Stevens reflects a grim reality that could have been the basis of any novel by [Charles] Dickens,” she wrote. “It is hardly surprising that he chose a remedy also chronicled by Dickens: substituting the release of mind-altering substances to deaden the senses that have been abused.

“He started at age 13,” Villa continued. “Marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and gallons of alcohol may not have provided an escape, but they at least altered reality for a time. It was during the time that his sense of reality was most altered that he committed the offenses for which he currently is serving time in Maine.”

Stevens was indicted in February 2008 by a federal grand jury for failing to register when he moved to Waterville in early 2007 to live with relatives. Woodcock found him guilty of the charge in February 2009 after a jury-waived trial the previous month.

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