BANGOR, Maine — A local registered sex offender who was arrested for allegedly trying to peek under restroom stall doors in June and again for allegedly masturbating in public during the Fourth of July parade entered two not guilty pleas in court on Wednesday.
“William Gordius pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges, the violation of privacy and the disorderly conduct,” Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Thursday.
Gordius, 53, of Bangor was charged with violation of privacy for the June 15 restroom incident and with disorderly conduct for the incident that occurred during the Fourth of July parade, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
Gordius entered the not guilty pleas in front of District Court Judge Robert Murray at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday morning.
A female BAT Community Connector employee told police that on the evening of June 15 she saw a man, later identified as Gordius, on his hands and knees in the women’s restroom at the Pickering Square parking garage 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 Gordius inside the restroom as police arrived at the scene.
Then on July 4, police dispatchers received several public indecency calls from parade attendees who reported a man on State Street who appeared to be masturbating, Edwards said.
Officer Jason Stuart, who had noticed Gordius walking down State Street hill a few minutes before the calls, headed to the crowded area and saw the suspect from across the street sitting in front of 26 State St.
Gordius had “covered his lap with a denim shirt and it looked like he was masturbating,” Edwards said. “There were kids all around” watching the parade.
“He continued to make the motions and the officer had to yell at him” to stop as he made his way across the roadway, the sergeant said. “He [Gordius] jumped up and turned away and it looks like he may have tucked something into his pants.”
Stuart arrested Gordius and charged him with disorderly conduct and for violating his bail conditions.
The two charges were handled at the same time in court Wednesday, but “if there is a trial they would be held separately,” Campbell said. “These are two separate cases.”
The tentative trial date is Oct. 4 for both, he 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 years 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 the last dozen years, Gordius has been convicted of the sale or use of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, violating conditions 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 up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. For the disorderly conduct charge, he faces a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.