Peter Mills in a photo from a flyer circulated by Southwest Harbor Police last week notifying the public of his release from prison. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS

Police issue flyer after jail release

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Police here have notified the public that a man convicted of sexually abusing women in Bar Harbor and Surry has been released after spending nine years in prison and is living in Southwest Harbor.

Peter Mills, 58, was released from prison on Friday and is living at a home on the Mountain View Road, according to Chief Alan Brown. Mountain View Road is off the Marshall Brook Road.

Earlier this week, police officers circulated flyers with the headline “Registered Sex Offender.” It includes Mills’ photo and where he is living.

“This is the Southwest Harbor Police Department’s effort to inform the public that he’s been released,” Brown said. “We feel it’s our responsibility.”

Keeping the public informed about sex offenders is departmental policy supported in state statute, Brown added.

Mills was sentenced in September 2007 to serve 10 years in prison as a result of his trial and conviction in June of that year on gross sexual assault and other sex-related charges. During the trial, victims testified that they had been sexually assaulted after drinking wine poured by Mills that they believed contained date rape drugs.

Mills is required to be a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

A co-defendant, Stephanie Stark, 54, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Stark, too, is a lifetime registrant. According to the registry, she now lives in Winsted, Conn.

Mills and Stark later appealed their convictions in Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In a June 2009 decision, the court upheld their convictions.

Mills’ sentence includes four years of probation after his release from prison. According to his probation officer David Cyr, Mills’ conditions include no contact with victims, participation in a sex offender treatment program, no possession of sexually explicit materials and no use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol. Mills is subject to random search and testing to establish that he is complying with these conditions, Cyr said.

If the public has concerns about Mills’ behavior, Cyr said they should call him at 667-1206.

A Mills family spokesman contacted Wednesday said he did not wish to comment on the situation at this time.

Mark Good

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