Robert Eaton

ALFRED – A Kennebunk resident twice convicted of sex crimes involving young people under the age of 14 could face significant prison time for failing to register as a sex offender.

Robert Eaton, 64, was convicted of the Class B crime at York County Superior Court in Alfred. His conviction earlier this month marks the fourth time that Eaton has been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender.

He has never registered, said York County Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan. Registrants are required to verify their address on a periodic basis and upon a change of address, according to the registry.

Court documents show Eaton is supposed to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Eaton was convicted by York County Superior Court Justice Wayne Douglas after a bench trial on Oct. 25. He was ordered held without bail after the trial, and is expected to be sentenced within the next several months, said York County District Attorney Kathryn Slattery.

His requirement to register steps from convictions on sex crimes in the 1980s and 1990s.

Eaton was convicted in October 1987 of three counts of Class A felony sexual misconduct and five counts of unlawful sexual contact and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but 2 ½ years suspended, followed by three years probation, court records show.

In 1988, Eaton was convicted of a Class C felony count of unlawful sexual contact and was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but two years suspended, plus four years probation.

He was sentenced to 14 days in jail on June 21, 2017 for failing to comply with the requirement that he register; to two days in jail on Aug. 24, 2017; and to 30 days in jail for failing to comply on Feb. 21, court records show.

The maximum prison term for a conviction of a Class B felony is 10 years.

Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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