May 28, 2018
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Mars Hill teacher linked to sex crime against minor

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

MARS HILL — A teacher at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill has been charged with unlawful sexual touching, the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday evening.

Alan J. Brown, 54, of Mapleton, who is listed on the CAHS website as a geography, civics, psychology and U.S. history teacher at the school, was charged with the crime late last month.

Few details about the case are being made public at this point, and it is not known whether he is still employed by the district.

Aroostook County Deputy District Attorney Carrie Linthicum said Thursday evening that the incident involves a person who is under age 18, but she would not say whether the alleged victim is male or female or a student at the high school.

She said the accuser, referred to as “Child A” in court documents, is “a student enrolled in a private or public elementary, secondary or special education school, facility or institution” and the suspect “is a teacher, employee or other official having instructional, supervisory or disciplinary authority over the student.”

The incident reportedly occurred on or around Sept. 7, and Brown was charged on Sept. 24 or 25, according to Linthicum.

Maine State Police Detective Sgt. John Cote said Friday that Detective Dale Keegan investigated the case after the matter was passed on from the District Attorney’s Office. Brown subsequently was arrested without incident in Presque Isle late last month, he said.

Cote said that police could not discuss details of the case.

Brown is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 1, but his attorney already has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, according to the deputy district attorney.

Brown’s attorney, Alan Harding of Presque Isle, said Friday that he could not comment on the case at this point.

Roger Shaw, the superintendent of SAD 42 in Mars Hill, said Thursday evening that he could not comment on the case or Brown’s employment status.

He stressed, however, that “the health and safety of the students is my No. 1 priority and the district’s No. 1 priority.”

“We do everything we can to investigate these allegations and to work to seek a resolution to protect the health and safety of our students,” said Shaw.

Unlawful sexual touching is a Class D crime punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

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