WANTED – Robert James Tilton – Sex Offender

Authorities at the University of Maine Farmington are searching for a South Carolina sex offender who allegedly traveled nearly 1,200 miles to Maine by bus to meet a female student he met on-line.

Robert James Tilton, 19, is described at a white male, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. He has several facial piercings and was last seen wearing jeans, a ski jacket, dark green winter hat and small beaded chains around his wrists and fingers.

Tilton gained access to a locked residence hall on Feb. 10 and later gave a false name to the on-duty public safety officer and said he was staying at a local motel. A check of area motels revealed that Tilton was not registered. Two large knives were later found hidden in the area of the residence hall where Tilton entered the building.

According to the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Tilton’s last known address was Clarendon. He was convicted in February 2006 for first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a six-year-old.

Tilton is wanted for questioning at this time. Anyone who locates him is asked to call the UMF Department of Public Safety at (207) 778-7400.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Dwight David Watson – Repeat Sex Offender – As usual

A convicted sex offender has been charged with taking indecent liberties with two girls.

Dwight David Watson, 50, of 161 Lewis Lane in Thomasville, is charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release today from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. Watson was held in jail on a $100,000 bond.

In September, the sheriff’s office received a report of the inappropriate touching of two female juveniles, according to the release. The offenses were to have occurred between January and December 2006. Watson later turned himself in to authorities on the charges. The sheriff’s office did not state how Watson knew the girls.

Watson was convicted in Forsyth County in 1991 of attempted sexual offense and taking indecent liberties with a child, according to Department of Correction records. He was sentenced to a maximum 18 years in prison and later released in July 1997.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte