LINCOLN, Maine – A convicted sex offender already facing a summons for failing to register properly with the state Sex Offender Registry was released from jail Sunday after being arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident, according to police.
Benjamin Grubaugh, 31, was charged Saturday with domestic violence assault, police said Tuesday. Grubaugh was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where a jail supervisor said he paid $100 cash bail and was released.
Police charged Grubaugh after witnesses alleged that he charged at his wife but was restrained by a neighbor. Grubaugh suffered a cut to his hand, possibly after breaking a truck windshield. Police said they found blood on the vehicle.
Police cited Grubaugh on Thursday for Class D failure to comply with the Maine Sex Offender Registry Act after getting a tip from residents that Grubaugh was living at a different address than listed on the registry. His Maine Sex Offender Registry entry had listed him as a transient and a lifetime sex offender listing registrant.
Grubaugh told police of his new address on Nov. 3, police have said. Grubaugh has allegedly lived at the new residence since July 3. Under state law, Grubaugh is required to tell police of his new address within 24 hours of moving there.
He also failed to tell the Maine Sex Offender Registry of his address change in writing within five days of his move, as the law requires, a registry official said.
Grubaugh was sentenced in February 2006 in Missouri for first degree sexual misconduct with a child, according to the registry. The details of the conviction have not been available.
His court date on the assault charge was not available on Tuesday. Grubaugh is due in Lincoln District Court on Dec. 8 for the summons for failing to register, police have said.