PORTLAND — Steven Ricci was in jail again Tuesday, accused of masturbating on a trail that was the scene of an earlier crime.

It was the Portland man’s second arrest since he was released from jail last month.

Ricci, 48, was arrested Tuesday morning on a probation violation. He was later charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Ricci has alarmed authorities with descriptions of his plans to commit sexual assault, but he has not been convicted of any crimes that require him to register as a sex offender with the state. Police have said that Ricci has been diagnosed with mental illness.

Police received a complaint about indecent conduct near Jewell Falls in the Fore River Sanctuary around 5 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Gary Rogers. The alleged victims were two adults with two young children, he said.

Officers began investigating Monday and interviewed Ricci at his home. Ricci was arrested without incident Tuesday morning after discussions with representatives of the District Attorney’s Office and Adult Community Corrections, which oversees probation matters.

Ricci’s lawyer, J.P. DeGrinney, said he had few details about the incident Tuesday.

Ricci was released from the Cumberland County Jail at the end of February, after serving a sentence for masturbating in front of a woman on the trail in the Fore River Sanctuary last summer.

Two days after his release, Ricci was arrested after an off-duty jail deputy saw him walking on Brighton Avenue while he was supposed to be under a curfew that is a condition of his probation.

DeGrinney said Ricci had sought medical attention for a problem with his knee and ended up out after curfew because the wait was much longer than expected.


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