Convicted sex offender douses woman in gasoline, threatens to set her on fire

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 20, 2013
Source: Waldo County Jail John Morton

Searsport — A convicted sex offender from Searsport was arrested on charges stemming from an incident during which he allegedly dumped gasoline on a woman and threatened to light her on fire Sunday morning, June 16.

Police arrested John Morton, 46 of Searsport, on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and criminal mischief after a series of events police say began at about 8:40 a.m.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Morton was engaged in an argument with a woman when he allegedly went outside the residence and flattened all four tires on her vehicle. Morton then reportedly obtained a gas can and re-entered the home, at which point he dumped the fuel on the woman and threatened to set her on fire.

LaHaye said when Officer Dennis Remillard arrived at the scene, Morton was "nowhere to be found." Maine State Police troopers located Morton at about 9:30 a.m. in Belfast.

The woman was shaken by the incident, LaHaye said, but she was not injured.

According to information posted on the Maine Sex Offender Registry, Morton was convicted on charges of kidnapping and gross sexual assault in York County.


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