Man denies failing to check in to sex registry

Posted Feb. 04, 2011, at 10:39 p.m.
Robert Goguen
Robert Goguen

BANGOR, Maine — An Island Falls man facing state charges of unlawful sexual contact pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Maine in 2009.

Robert Frederick Goguen, 36, was required to register as a sex offender because of a 1996 sex offense in Connecticut, according to the indictment handed up Jan. 12 by a federal grand jury in Bangor.

Because he has been unable to make the $1,000 bail set on the state charge, bail was not set Thursday on the federal charge.

Goguen also has pleaded not guilty to the state charge. He allegedly had sexual contact with a minor under the age of 12 on July 28 in Patten, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

He is scheduled to appear next week at the Penobscot Judicial Center on the Class B charge of unlawful sexual contact. His case, however, is expected to be continued until March.

Further details about the alleged sex crime were not available Friday.

If convicted of the federal crime of failing to register as a sex offender, Goguen faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

In addition, he faces up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the sex charge.

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