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Convicted sex offender wanted for questioning

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FARMINGTON – A 19-year-old convicted sex offender is being sought by police for questioning after he allegedly gained access into one of the locked residence halls at the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday looking for a student he met on an online gaming site.

UMF’s Department of Public Safety is seeking Robert James Tilton of Manning, S.C., for questioning after police say he attempted to meet a female student on campus and later, after he was escorted out, found two large knives in the area where he was discovered.


Robert James Tilton

Tilton is registered as a sex offender in South Carolina after being convicted on Feb. 13, 2006 for sexually assaulting a six-year-old boy. He served 15 months in prison and has been listed on the sex offender registry since June 8, 2007.

Campus police said that on Tuesday, Tilton was able to get past the locked entry and into Mallett Hall without permission from the female student he was attempting to meet. The student called for help. When questioned by a campus officer, Tilton said he was staying at a local motel and gave a false name. Police escorted him out and later, “two large knives were found concealed in the area of the residence hall that he accessed,” according to a campus advisory sent out to students this week.

Wanting to question Tilton further, police found he wasn’t registered at any of the local motels.

Tilton is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds with dark hair, brown eyes and has several piercings in his face. He was last seen wearing a ski jacket, jeans and a dark green hat and small beaded chains around his wrist and fingers.

Anyone with information about Tilton or his whereabouts is asked to call the UMF Department of Public Safety at 778-7400.

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