Augusta Sex Offender Who Inspired New Law To Go To Prison
In a story that rocked the Central Maine Community, parents complained on social media, and eventually, to authorities, that convicted sex offender, Robert Robinson of Augusta, was taking photographs of children in public places and posting them online. Parents were understandably outraged to find their children online without their consent.
An unsettling as the photos were, at the time what was happening wasn't illegal so nothing could be done in the court of law.
In the spring of last year, a bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Pouliot of Augusta was put forth to address this very issue. The bill, titled, "An Act To Establish as a Class D Crime the Intentional Photographing of a Minor without Consent of the Minor's Parent or Guardian by an Individual Required To Register as a Sex Offender" made it so that the intentional photographing of a minor without the consent of the parent or guardian by a registered sex offender is a Class D crime.
Fast forward to the fall of last year and Robinson was arrested on three child porn charges.
This week Robinson was charged after pleading guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of child pornography under the age of 12, according to WABI.
Robinson was first placed on the sex offender registry after multiple counts of gross sexual assault in 2006.