Searsport teacher charged in sex case resigns

Posted July 01, 2009, at 7:29 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The Searsport music teacher charged with child molestation has resigned his position.

RSU 20 Superintendent of Schools Bruce Mailloux confirmed Wednesday that William Wiley, 34, of Bog Hill Road submitted his resignation Monday, effective immediately. Wiley had been on paid administrative leave since his arrest in April.

Wiley was indicted on 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of gross sexual assault. The alleged incidents took place over a six-month period in 2004 and began when the female victim was 12 years old.

According to affidavits filed with the case, the girl told Waldo County sheriff’s Detective Jason Bosco that the abuse began when she was in the seventh grade. She was not a student of Wiley’s.

Bosco said the abuse started with kissing and continued almost nightly with Wiley initially touching her, then exposing himself, then having her fondle him. The abuse ended when he attempted to have intercourse and she threatened to tell on him.

Bosco said Wiley became emotional when being questioned and confessed that he had abused the girl. Bosco said that when he asked Wiley whether the victim had any reason to lie, he replied that “everything she said was the truth.”

Wiley was booked April 15 at the Waldo County Jail and later released on $1,000 bail. He entered a plea of not guilty during his initial court appearance on May 28.

Wiley has taught music at SAD 56 schools since 1991. He submitted his resignation to then-SAD 56 Superintendent Ray Freve on Monday.

SAD 56 and SAD 34 in Belfast have consolidated and on Wednesday officially became Regional School Unit 20. Former SAD 34 Superintendent Mailloux is now serving as RSU 20 superintendent, and Freve is no longer employed by the school union.

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