May 27, 2018
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Convicted sex offender back in Rockland jail

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 46-year-old man who was convicted back in 2007 of sexually assaulting two young children is back behind bars after his probation officer said the man violated terms of his probation.

Jason S. Simpson was arrested Monday morning by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland on an arrest warrant for violating his probation. He remained at the jail Wednesday with no initial court appearance yet scheduled.

The probation officer claims in his revocation motion filed in court that Simpson failed to notify the officer about a change of address, failed to maintain contact with the officer, and failed to continue with sex offender counseling.

Simpson was last known to be living in a woodshop at the River Rock Church in Chelsea, according to the court document. He had been told by church officials, however, that the woodshop was not equipped for someone to live there.

Simpson’s counselor also reported that Simpson failed to take a polygraph test as required and then also stopped communicating with him.

Simpson was convicted in April 2007 in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland of eight counts of gross sexual assault. He was sentenced by Justice Kirk Studstrup to 20 years in prison with all but five years suspended. He also was placed on probation for six years upon his release. The district attorney’s office had requested 30 years with all but 15 years suspended.

Simpson originally was charged with 30 counts of gross sexual assault involving a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl. The offenses occurred in 2004 and 2005 in Rockland and Thomaston.

Sheriff Donna Dennison, then a detective with the department, was the chief investigator in the case.


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