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Police: Reports of sex offender taking photos under review, but no laws broken

Police: Reports of sex offender taking photos under review, but no laws broken

AUGUSTA — Reports of a registered sex offender taking photographs in multiple stores and other public places in Augusta has numerous parents expressing outrage on social media and placing hundreds of calls to authorities, but police said Wednesday they’ve investigated the complaints and found that no crime occurred.

Augusta police Lt. Kevin Lully said that over the previous day and a half, police had received several calls reporting the man is taking photographs of young girls and posting them to a social media website.

The Kennebec Journal is not identifying the man because he has not been charged with a crime in connection with the reports to police. Police confirmed the man is a registered sex offender but said he is neither on probation nor restricted from taking photos in public spaces.

Word of his posts featuring mostly children in stores and other public spaces in Augusta spread across central Maine fast this week, with some parents going to a social media page and discovering photographs of their children there. None of the photographs appears to feature nudity, instead capturing images of youths shopping and taking part in other everyday public activities.

Jenette Schartier, of Gardiner, said in an interview that she was […]

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