Sex offender arrested in Lincolnville
Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young arrested transient Clifford Mason, 27, with a last known address of Portland, following a week-long investigation into his whereabouts. Mason was a wanted person for failure to comply with the State of Maine Sex Offender Registry conditional release of providing a known address, according to police. This was reportedly Mason’s second offense which resulted in Young arresting him on Class C felony charges of failure to comply with the Maine Sex Offender Registry Act.
Young was first alerted that Mason was staying at an Atlantic Highway residence in Lincolnville. Following further investigation, Young determined Mason was not at that location but he received additional complaints in the following days that a man matching Mason’s description had been seen walking through the woods and hitchhiking near the vicinity of the Lincolnville/Camden town line. Wednesday morning, smoke was seen coming from the location of a vacant cabin on Garey Mountain, a property owned by the state of Maine and Camden Parks and Recreation.
Young, Bill Stewart of Camden Parks and Recreation and Matthew Talbot of Maine Marine Patrol hiked the mountain to the location of the cabin, Young said. Mason was found to be inside the cabin preparing dinner and was placed under arrest without incident by Young. Mason was then transported escorted while in custody down the mountain and later taken to a Waldo County correctional facility.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Mason remained in police custody at Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset on $200 secured bail, police said.