Sex offender who attended Brunswick group arrested after Bath break-in

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BATH — Police last week arrested a 55-year-old convicted sex offender after he allegedly broke into a Cherry Street home and tried to enter a woman’s bedroom.

The 28-year-old resident reportedly arrived home the evening of Nov. 24 to find Stephen McIntire, of Bumpy Hill Road, sitting on her couch and exposing himself, according to police. She ran upstairs, locked herself in a bedroom with a handgun, and called 911 before McIntire allegedly tried to enter the bedroom.

Police, who declined to say how McIntire entered the residence, responded at 6:17 p.m., but McIntire was gone. The department’s team of Cpl. Michelle Small and her dog Sampson were called to the scene where officers, assisted by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search of the area.

The resident provided a description of McIntire, and the K-9 search led officers to his residence. Police had a search warrant and found evidence that allegedly linked him to the burglary.

They arrested McIntire at 3 a.m. Nov. 25, and charged him with burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal threatening, indecent conduct and theft.

He was placed on a probation hold, and taken first to the Bath Police Department, where he could not make the $2,000 cash bail, and was then taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

McIntire was arraigned Nov. 25, and his bail was increased to $10,000 cash.

His criminal history, according to police, includes a 1997 conviction for gross sexual assault, a 2004 conviction for violation of privacy, another privacy violation conviction in 2014, along with criminal trespass and failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry.

McIntire was also convicted this year of burglary, theft, and violation of conditions of release. He no longer has to register with the Sex Offender Registry, according to police.

“This case thankfully came to a successful conclusion quickly due to the quick response of officers, a successful K9 track, thorough investigation by our detectives, and a great job by the victim,” Police Chief Mike Field said in a Tuesday press release.

According to the Brunswick Police Department, McIntire has also attended an independent support group for sex offenders that until last week rented space on Tuesday nights at First Parish Church of Brunswick.

Following an alleged rape and report of an attempted assault near the Bowdoin College campus, the church, at the request of the college, terminated the group’s rental agreement.

The support group met Tuesday nights for two years at the church, just across Bath Road from Bowdoin’s campus. The Nov. 10 rape reported on Belmont Street, and the Nov. 17 attempted assault on Potter Street, both took place Tuesday nights.

Brunswick police have said they are investigating the alleged assaults separately, and that they learned about the support group during their investigations. They alerted Bowdoin College security officials, who asked the church to remove the support group.

The Bath case is being investigated by the Bath Criminal Investigations Division.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.