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Bangor High custodian faces charge of touching

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An employee at Bangor High School has been charged with unlawful sexual touching in connection with an incident at the school that involved an adult female, Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said Tuesday.

“The victim is not a student,” he said.

William Trafton, 62, of Brewer allegedly acted inappropriately a week ago and was charged with the misdemeanor crime around 8 p.m. Monday.

The incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Hodges said.

Trafton was not arrested. Police say he does not have a criminal record.

Trafton is a custodian and the alleged victim is an employee of the high school, Superintendent Betsy Webb said Tuesday.

He has been on paid administrative leave since the school department received the complaint and will remain on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to Webb.

“We are doing an investigation within the organization,” she said. “We are following our protocol. … Once I have the results of the investigation, I’ll determine the next step.”

Since police also are conducting their own investigation, “the two are running parallel,” Webb said.

The Maine Criminal Code says that “a person is guilty of unlawful sexual touching if the actor intentionally subjects another person to any sexual touching.”

If convicted of the crime, Trafton could face a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,000.

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