An Indiana man who served a two-year sentence for child molestation was being held without bail Tuesday pending extradition after police said he had failed to register as a sex offender there and in Maine.
Jackie Scroghan, 48, whose last-known address was in Lincoln, pleaded guilty at the Penobscot County Judicial Center on Monday and was sentenced to time served for failing to register as a convicted sex offender in Maine. He also agreed to be extradited to Indiana within the next 30 days, Lincoln police Detective Mark Fucile said.
Scroghan was arrested Friday night on a warrant charging him with failure to comply with Maine’s Registered Sex Offender Act after Fucile got a tip on Jan. 14 that Scroghan was living on Main Street in Lincoln with his wife’s family, Fucile said.
When Fucile confronted Scroghan shortly thereafter, Scroghan admitted that he was a convicted sex offender who had failed to register as such in Maine. When Fucile arrested Scroghan on Jan. 31, Scroghan had registered as a sex offender in Maine, Fucile said.
Fucile said he believed that Scroghan had been living in Lincoln for only the last month or so. Indiana authorities told Fucile and Investigator Garry Higgins of the Penobscot County district attorney’s office that Scroghan was wanted in that state for failure to appear for plea and sentencing and failure to register as a convicted sex offender.
Scroghan was convicted in Jennings County, Indiana, for child molestation and drew a four-year prison sentence suspended after two years, plus two years probation, Fucile said. The date of his conviction was not available on Tuesday.
The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on Tuesday.
To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.