Sex offender faces additional charges against children

8:56 PM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- A registered sex offender who was living in the town of Clinton now faces additional charges, including gross sexual assault on a child. 

Timothy Hayes was indicted last week in Kennebec County on fourteen charges, including gross sexual assault on a child under the age of twelve.

Hayes was indicted on that same charge in Somerset County last month, where a second incident involving the same child allegedly occurred. 

In total, Hayes faces 16 charges in Kennebec and Somerset counties. In addition to gross sexual assault, the charges include unlawful sexual contact and prohibited contact with a minor. 

Kennebec-Somerset District Attorney Maeghan Maloney told NEWS CENTER the fact the man was already a known risk makes this case especially bad. There are a total of seven children affected by this case. 

Maloney said Hayes moved to Clinton from Prentiss Plantation without telling law enforcement, approximately six weeks before the first incident allegedly occurred. He then targeted a family with children.

"Sex offenders in general tend to be very good at establishing relationships with the parents," Maloney said." And that's what happened in this case, is that he was very good at establishing those relationships with the adults to give him access to the children."

Maloney said Hayes is listed on the sex offender registry. However, the family didn't know that was the case. His original offense was in Florida. After being convicted in Florida, he moved to Maine. 

Hayes is being held without bail. His lawyer has asked for Hayes to have a mental evaluation. Maloney said that may delay any further court action for at least a month.

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