Sex offender arrested for failing to notify South Portland police of move to city

Posted March 15, 2012, at 11:14 a.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A man with three prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender was arrested and charged with the same crime, police said Thursday.

Phillip Gurney, 50, of Portland, who had been living at a Main Street hotel in South Portland, failed to notify that city’s authorities that he was living there, South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark said.

Gurney was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a person under age 14 in 1994. State law requires people who are on the sex offender registry to notify local police within 24 hours of relocating to a new city.

Gurney was arrested just after 6 p.m. Wednesday after exiting a bus on Main Street. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The failure to register as a sex offender count was elevated to a Class B felony due to Gurney’s prior history.