Cushing sex offender ordered held without bail on new charges

Posted April 22, 2013, at 7:01 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Cushing man who prompted the town to enact a local law restricting where future sex offenders could live has been ordered held without bail after being accused of new offenses.

Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Robert S. Young held without bail at the end of a hearing held Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau was in court to ask for a revocation of Young’s bail.

Young was arrested in June 2012 and charged with violating the sex offender registry law. He was released on $1,500 unsecured bail on that charge.

In October, he was charged with two counts of drug trafficking and released on $1,500 cash bail.

While on bail for those charges, the motion filed by the prosecution states that Young was charged with domestic violence assault and violating a condition of release on March 15.

The defense attorney for the day in court, William Pagnano, argued Monday that Young was a lifelong resident of the area, had many family members who lived locally and was a hardworking clammer. Pagnano said Young was not a risk to flee.

Rushlau argued that Young’s criminal record dates to the 1980s and includes a 1992 conviction for gross sexual assault. Young also had a failure to appear on his record, the prosecutor said.

“Mr. Young has continuously and regularly been in trouble with the law,” Rushlau said.

Young was cited in arguments made during the town’s debate on whether to enact a local ordinance to restrict where sex offenders could live. Residents voted 152-20 at the March 19 annual town meeting to approve the ordinance, which prohibits sex offenders from living within 750 feet of public property where children are the primary users. Offenders who already live within that range would be exempt.

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