Ex- music teacher denies inappropriate behavior

Posted April 24, 2010, at 1:14 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Testifying at his sex trial, a former Maine music teacher denied inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl during an amusement park ride.

James Raymond of Auburn is on trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, charged with taking two young sisters to a New Hampshire park with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

On the stand Friday, Raymond denied inappropriately touching the older girl while on a water ride. Prosecutors, meanwhile, focused Raymond’s interest in young girls and his purchase of access to child pornography websites.

WCSH-TV reported that the trial is to resume Monday.