BRUNSWICK, Maine — A convicted sex offender was charged Monday with peeking in windows at Bowdoin College and taking photos and video of nude students.
Stephen L. McIntire, 55, is charged with six misdemeanor counts of violation of privacy, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison for each count.
McIntire was previously arrested in November for allegedly breaking into a Bath woman’s home and exposing himself. He remains at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on charges of burglary, indecent conduct and criminal threatening following that Nov. 24 incident on Cherry Street.
According to new affidavits filed by Brunswick police, a cellphone seized from McIntire’s van the night of his arrest on the Bath charges contained photos and video of women, some nude, in settings Bowdoin College officials determined were student housing on and off campus.
None of the victims seemed to know they were being filmed, detectives wrote.
Brunswick police and Bowdoin security had received about a dozen reports last fall from students who allegedly saw someone outside their windows.
At the time, McIntire was attending a support group for sex offenders previously held on Tuesday evenings at First Parish Church on Maine Street, adjacent to Bowdoin College.
Following a Nov. 10 report of the sexual assault of a student at the college’s Mayflower Apartments on Belmont Street, church officials asked the group’s leaders to meet elsewhere at the request of college officials.
On Dec. 1, police named McIntire one of several “persons of interest” in the alleged sexual assault after he reportedly matched a composite sketch released of a man seen loitering outside the apartment complex earlier on Nov. 10.
On Friday, Brunswick police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said the investigation into the sexual assault continues.
“At this point, we have no evidence to charge anyone in the sexual assault,” he told the Bangor Daily News.
Waltz said McIntire is not a suspect in two other incidents near the Bowdoin campus, in which students reported a man grabbing them by the hips, because McIntire was at the sex offenders’ group at the time of one incident, and jailed at the time of the second.
In the earlier incident in Bath, McIntire is accused of breaking into a home, where the female resident allegedly found find him sitting naked on her couch. A police dog tracked McIntire to a van in which he was living, according to court documents.
Early last year McIntire was convicted of burglary, violation of privacy and failure to comply with the sex offender registry after police said video cameras caught him peeping in windows on the Hyde School campus in Bath. He served nine months, and was on probation for the crimes when he was arrested in November.
McIntire was initially convicted of gross sexual assault in 1997, according to court records.