BANGOR, Maine — A local man who is a registered sex offender was caught Tuesday evening trying to peek under restroom stall doors at the Pickering Square parking garage, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
A female BAT Community Connector employee told officers around 5:15 p.m. that she saw a man on his hands and knees in the women’s restroom trying to look at women inside the stalls.
She left quickly and locked the door behind her using a key she was issued as a BAT employee. That trapped William E. Gordius, 53, of Bangor inside the restroom.
Two female BAT employees were using the restroom, “and one left, and [that is when the other employee] noticed him and locked the door,” Edwards said.
Officer Dennis Townsend, who was patrolling the downtown area on a pedal bike, was at the scene within seconds and arrested Gordius on a charge of violation of privacy.
He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and was released later that day on bail, a jail official said.
The Maine Sex Offender Registry states that Gordius was convicted in 1987 in Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth of gross sexual misconduct and unlawful sexual contact. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but four suspended, for the sexual misconduct, and given two years for the unlawful sexual contact, which involved a child between ages 3 and 14, the Sex Offender Registry website states.
In Bangor, “he has a lot of history with us … dating back to 1998,” Edwards said.
In the last dozen years, Gordius has been convicted of the sale or use of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, violating condition of release, forgery, criminal trespass and obstructing public ways, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
If convicted of the violation of privacy charge, Gordius could face a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.