December 13, 2018
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Bowdoin concerns spur church to oust sex offender support group

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A man walks across the quad at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A support group for sex offenders, which was meeting at First Parish Church near Bowdoin College, has been asked to meet elsewhere.

Brunswick police say they found out about the meetings while investigating two separate assault reports from Bowdoin students. Police have identified a “person of interest” whom they would like to question related to a Nov. 10 incident, but have not made any arrest or filed charges.

No link between the sex offender group and the two assault reports has been established. Police would not say if they have interviewed or plan to interview any of the sex offenders who attend the meetings for their investigation.

After Bowdoin officials expressed concern about the meetings in a letter to First Parish, church leaders decided to ask the sex offender support group, which had been paying rent to hold meetings at the church, to meet elsewhere.

Randy Nichols, Bowdoin’s director of safety and security,released a letter to the Bowdoin community.

It reads, in part: “Brunswick police told the college they have learned of an independent support group for sex offenders that has been meeting on Tuesday evenings at First Parish Church, across Bath Road from our campus. The church confirmed last night that the group has been using their facilities for up to two years. This is the first time we have been informed about these meetings. We expressed our concerns to the church leadership last night, and they agreed to notify the leader of the support group that they may no longer use church facilities.”

 


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