Man removed from sex offender list accused of molesting child


Forty-five--year-old Charles Maines faced a judge Wednesday about charges he molested a child.

Back in the 1990s, Maines was convicted of three child sex crimes and sent to prison for nine years. Those who know him said he claimed he didn't commit the crime. Maines served three years and was released in 1998.

Now, he faces fresh accusations.

A member of the alleged victim's family said the four-year-old was inappropriately touched, but not physically injured. A friend of Maines said he has confessed to the crime.

A woman familiar with both Maines and the victim said she couldn't believe Maines was removed from the sex offender registry.

"It's very upsetting because if that's one, how many more out there are there that's not registered that we don't know about," said the unidentified woman. "You know, that's coming into contact with our children on a day-to-day basis and we know nothing of them. So it's really scary. It's real scary."

The State Attorney General's office told ABC11 that Maines petitioned a judge in Franklin County to be removed from the sex offender registry. That request was granted in August 2010.

For now, Maines is back behind bars under a $1 million bond.

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