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Brunswick Church Evicts Sex Offender Support Group at Bowdoin's Request

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick church has complied with a request by Bowdoin College to stop renting space to an independent support group for sex offenders following an alleged rape and an attempted assault near the school's campus.

The Sun Journal reports the support group had met every Tuesday night for two years until the First Parish Church withdrew its permission to rent space on Nov. 19.

Church Council Chairman Ken Thorson says First Parish supports Bowdoin and the town of Brunswick "in seeking a climate of personal safety for students and residents."

Police say they are treating the Nov. 1 rape and the Nov. 18 attempted assault as separate investigations. Both occurred on Tuesday nights.

Security Director Randy Nichols says campus security notified the church after learning about the group from police.