LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday in a remote Lincolnville cabin after he failed to provide his address for the Maine Sex Offender Registry.
Police received a tip last week that Clifford Mason, a 27-year-old transient from Portland, was staying at a home on the Atlantic Highway in Lincolnville, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Lincolnville Police Department.
But when Chief Ron Young went to the house, he didn’t find Mason. In the following days, the chief did receive reports that a man matching Mason’s description had been seen walking in the woods and hitchhiking near the Lincolnville-Camden town line.
Young heard Wednesday that smoke had been spotted coming from the site of a vacant cabin on Garey Mountain, property which is owned by the state of Maine and Camden Parks and Recreation.
The chief, Matthew Talbot of the Maine Department of Marine Patrol, and Bill Stewart of Camden Parks and Recreation hiked the mountain up to the cabin, where they found Mason preparing dinner.
He was arrested without incident, according to the news release.
Mason was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in Augusta District Court in 2010. He was sentenced to nearly a year in jail, with all but 30 days suspended, and a year of probation. Mason is listed as a 10-year registrant of the Maine Sex Offender Registry. No further details about his case were available through the online registry.
According to the news release, he has twice failed to provide his address to the registry.
After being taken down the mountain, Mason was charged with a felony class C charge of failing to comply with the Maine Sex Offender Registry Act..
He remained in custody Thursday morning at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset, with bail set at $200 secured.