A Level 3 sex offender who served 27 years in prison was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to rape a woman who was jogging on isolated Plum Island Beach in Ipswich.
Scott Gagnon (Sex Offender Registry Board)
The arrest came just three days after he was charged with soliciting prostitution in Haverhill, according to a police blotter posted on the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune website.
Scott A. Gagnon, 51, of Tewksbury spread fear in Essex County in the 1970s for repeatedly picking up and raping hitchhikers. He was released from prison in 2007, nearly three decades after he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape. On Sept. 25, he was charged with soliciting sexual contact for a fee during a vice squad sting in Haverhill, but he was not held in custody.
Police say Gagnon attacked the jogger Monday on the beach, an expanse of sand that extends for several mile, with much of it included in a national wildlife refuge. The woman got away and called police.
An investigation by Ipswich police and US Fish & Wildlife officers led authorities to Gagnon, who was arrested in the nearby city of Newburyport. He was being held on $50,000 bail pending his arraignment today in Newburyport District Court.
Those classified as Level 3 sex offenders are considered the most likely to re-offend.
Gagnon made headlines last year when he was fired from a Tewksbury McDonald's restaurant after a local mother told management Gagnon was a Level 3 sex offender. He tried to sue the mother and the restaurant but dropped the suit a week later, according to reports at the time.
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