October 23, 2012

Child sex offender babysitting kids during OOB drug sweep

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

One of the people swept up in the Old Orchard Beach drug crackdown was a child sex offender who police say was babysitting another couple's children.

Police say a couple had asked Michael Amico, 41, of Scarborough, to watch their two young children while they ran errands, not realizing Amico was a registered sex offender.

Amico is a lifetime registrant on the sex offender registry after being convicted of gross sexual assault on a person under 14 and three counts of gross sexual assault on a person under 18, all in York County.

Police said they did not want to disrupt their undercover drug investigation, so they notified a third party who informed the parents about Amico.

Old Orchard Beach police announced Monday that 46 people were arrested over a period of four months in 12 separate drug investigations. Police said the arrests are the work of a proactive strategy of dedicating officers to drug investigations.

Amico was charged Monday with prohibited contact with a minor and failing to register with the sex offender act because he had allegedly changed where he worked without notifying authorities, police said.

The parents of the children Amico supervised were among those people who were charged with drug offenses and the Department of Health and Human Services has intervened, police said.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)