Sex offender arrested in girls’ room

6- and 12-year-old not injured, say Rockland police

John Gordon, 22, allegedly broke into a Rockland home early Thursday morning. John Gordon, 22, allegedly broke into a Rockland home early Thursday morning.
By Shana Wickett
Globe Correspondent / June 26, 2010

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A sex offender who allegedly broke into a Rockland home just before dawn Thursday and was sitting with two young sisters was arrested after the older girl made an excuse to leave the room and went to her father for help.

John Gordon, 22, of Rockland, a registered Level 2 sex offender, who lives less than a third of a mile from the sisters’ home, was arraigned later that day at Hingham District Court, authorities said.

Police responded at 4:18 a.m. on Thursday to a report of an intruder at the home, where they found Gordon engaged in a physical fight with the father of the 6- and 12-year-old girls, said Sergeant James Simpson of the Rockland police.

Gordon allegedly entered the 12-year-old’s room on the basement level through a rear screen door. It was unclear whether the door was left unlocked or Gordon forced his way in. Police said they did not believe he had any relationship with the family.

Gordon allegedly sat on the bed, where the 6-year-old was sleeping, spoke to the 12-year-old, and asked her age before she said she had to use the bathroom and instead went upstairs to alert her father, Simpson said.

“She said he kept scooting closer to her, trying to talk to her, so she’s like, ‘I’ve got to go to the bathroom,’ and took off,’’ the victim’s mother told WHDH-TV (Channel 7).

Gordon, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, fell asleep on the bed where the 6-year-old was lying, Simpson said. Neither girl was injured or touched inappropriately, he said.

The father arrived in the bedroom, and a fight erupted.

“[The father] came downstairs,’’ the mother told WHDH-TV, “and [Gordon] had his arm around the 6-year-old.’’

Police arrived and used a Taser while briefly struggling to arrest Gordon, who told police he thought he had entered his grandparents’ home, Simpson said.

Gordon pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a sneaker, which he used to kick the father — and resisting arrest, authorities said.

“He would not leave our house. He didn’t want to leave,’’ the girls’ mother told WHDH-TV. “He was fighting with the police. The police were trying to get him out of the house, and he was still causing a ruckus, so they got him out of the house with a Taser.’’

Rockland police recently responded to a report of a disturbance at Gordon’s home, where he lives with his grandmother. He was allegedly the cause of the disturbance but had left the scene before police arrived, Simpson said.

Simpson said that he was told by Orleans District Court that Gordon was charged several years ago with open and gross lewd behavior. The Orleans District Court clerk’s office did not confirm the charge but said that Gordon was charged with failing to register as a sex offender in 2009.

The state categorizes sex offenders into three levels. Levels 2 and 3 are required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board and be included on an online list, which is available to the public. Level 1 offenders are considered to be at a low risk of reoffending and not required to register.

Gordon is scheduled to return to court for a dangerousness hearing Tuesday. His attorney, John W. Burke, could not be reached for comment.

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