BANGOR, Maine — A former Glenburn selectman and co-owner of a home child care business was sentenced Friday in Penobscot County Superior Court to five years in jail with all but four months suspended after pleading guilty to sex charges.
Ronald Earl Tewhey, 49, also was sentenced to six years of probation for molesting a 10-year-old girl who was enrolled at the day care center 4½ years ago and a 17-year-old female relative in a separate incident. Tewhey must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Tewhey was indicted in March by the Penobscot County grand jury on three counts of unlawful sexual contact in connection with the younger girl and one count of unlawful sexual touching in connection with the older one.
Shortly before being sentenced Friday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual contact, Class C crimes, and one count of unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. The fourth count was dropped in a plea agreement with prosecutors, said Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County.
Tewhey was taken to Penobscot County Jail to begin serving his sentence after the hearing.
He faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the Class C charges and up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine on the Class D charge.
While awaiting the resolution of his case, bail conditions prevented Tewhey from living at his Norway Road home, where the day care business is located.
Tewhey served as a Glenburn selectman from June 2005 to June 2008 but did not run for re-election. He also was chairman of the town’s school regionalization planning committee until October 2007, when he quit after a dispute with the school committee.
He and his wife, Tammy Tewhey, have run Tammy’s Loving Day Care in Glenburn for 15 years. It is the first family-run day care in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties to win national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care, according to an article published last year in the Bangor Daily News.
Tewhey is expected to return to the residence after completing his sentence, according to his attorney, Peter Baldacci of Bangor.
He most likely would not be able to live there unless the day care business is closed.