May 24, 2018
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Kennebunk police charge ‘pervert’ notes suspect with criminal threatening

By Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Kennebunk police say they have charged an Old Orchard Beach man with criminal threatening in connection to the notes signed “pervert” that were left in two Ross Road mailboxes last week.

Lt. Dan Jones said Robert C. Simkowitz, 39, of 148 Temple Ave. in Old Orchard Beach was charged with two counts of criminal threatening for the Ross Road letters. He is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on Sept. 3.

A third letter was found in Arundel Monday, but Jones said any charge in that case will come from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are sure it’s him,” Jones said.

Jones said the Old Orchard Beach Police Department served Simkowitz with the summons for the two misdemeanor charges. Because the charges Simkowitz faces are misdemeanors, he was not arrested, not required to post bail and is not being held in jail.

The Kennebunk community has been on the lookout for the ‘pervert’ suspect since last week, when word of the letters spread.

Police say Simkowitz left threatening notes in the mailboxes of two Kennebunk families June 3.

A Kennebunk mother said she stopped with her children to pick up the mail June 4 when they discovered the note in her mailbox.

It read, “I will not stay away from your kids. Your friend, pervert.”

The mother of three children ranging in age from 7 to 16 said she was upset that her youngest two children saw the note. She asked that her name not be used.

The mother said she informed all three of the schools her children attend, and that her children’s strong faith in God is a comfort during this time.

“Still, they’re nervous and upset,” she said. “This was one of the worst things that could happen as a parent.”

Jones said the letters were hand-delivered to the mailboxes that evening by Simkowitz on foot.

One of the resident’s home security camera caught the suspect on tape.

A third ‘pervert’ letter was received on Portland Road in Arundel Monday morning, according to Deputy Sheriff Bill King.

Jones said the department received a tip from a citizen that led them to Simkowitz.

“We’d like to thank all citizens who called in an effort to help,” Jones said, adding that the OOB police and sheriff’s office also provided assistance.

Jones said police believe Simkowitz chose the homes and community at random.

According to a Facebook page that appears to have been created by Simkowitz, he attends a program at Creative Work Systems in Saco.

Creative Work Systems is a not-for-profit rehabilitation agency that helps people with wide ranging needs and disabilities with employment, independent living support, personal skills development, and social/interpersonal opportunities.

“I enjoy the art program … I illustrate paintings and create art projects, then put them for sale to earn a small paycheck,” Simkowitz’s Facebook page states. “…My goal is a future year-round employment through Work Opportunities and my job coach.”

According to a representative of the agency, all client information is confidential and she could not confirm if Simkowitz utilized its services.

The Web page for Creative Work Systems’ YES Art Works program features a photo and bio for a Robert Cloud Simkowitz that reads, “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve made art. I love drawing pictures and painting. Art is something naturally I picked up. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. I also feel proud and happy.”

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