BANGOR, Maine — A local registered sex offender was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 30 days in jail for trying to peek under restroom stall doors in June and masturbating in public during the Fourth of July parade.
William Gordius, 53, of Bangor was sentenced after pleading guilty to a violation of privacy charge for the June 15 incident in the women’s restroom at the Pickering Square parking garage and to a disorderly conduct charge related to the incident at the parade downtown.
Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Tuesday that he recommended the 30-day sentence.
Gordius faced up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine on the violation of privacy charge and up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on the disorderly conduct charge.
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, Bangor police Sgt. Paul 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.”
The Maine Sex Offender Registry states that Gordius was convicted in 1987 in Hancock County and served eight years in prison, with all but four years suspended, for sexual misconduct, and given two years for unlawful sexual contact that involved a child between the ages 3 and 14.
In the past 12 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 published in the Bangor Daily News.
Bangor Daily News writer Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.