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Convicted Sex Offender Cleared of Sex Crime Against Teenager 

Catherine Pegram

A convicted sex offender from Dexter has been cleared of forcing an 18-year-old student to have sex with him.A judge in Bangor found 41-year-old Willie Harper not guilty of gross sexual assault against a young woman in his home last year. He was released from the Penobscot County Jail Monday. Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts says the judge couldn’t determine for sure the sex was not consensual. Harper was previously convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 2003 and is required to register with the state as a sex offender.