BANGOR – The Bangor Police Department along with the United States Marshal Service and the Maine Violent Offender Task Force checked on 93 sex offenders in the city of Bangor.
Because of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, local law enforcement are able to do this search.
This act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2006.
“We’re not out there to be their enemy but we’re there to keep tabs on them and make sure that they’re holding true to what they’re supposed to do in order to stay out of jail,” said Sgt. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department.
Betters said close to five names on the list were unaccounted for. He believed some are transients.
“During the sweep we actually made an arrest on one person that was not on the registry but we had been looking for him in relationship to a sex investigation. He was subsequently arrested for a warrant that charged him with two counts of Gross Sexual Misconduct,” Betters said. “Both are Class A felonies.”
That person was 69-year-old Larry Babcock of Bangor.
Betters said he was released on bail.