Former teacher at high school charged again

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:17 p.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — A former teacher at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill who was charged with unlawful sexual touching last fall was arrested again on Wednesday after he reportedly tried to contact the victim, a state police detective said Thursday.

Alan J. Brown, 54, of Mapleton, who was a geography, civics, psychology and U.S. history teacher at the school last year, was charged with the crime in September. He is no longer a teacher at the school.

Maine State Police Detective Sgt. John Cote said Thursday that Brown, who was released on bail after his arrest, was required to refrain from contacting the victim, who is under 18 and not identified, or the victim’s family as part of the conditions of his release.

“We recently received information that Brown had tried to contact the victim,” Cote said. “We conducted an investigation which led to Brown’s arrest and the charge of violation of conditions of release.”

Brown was arrested at his home Wednesday by Detective Adam Stoutamyer, according to Cote. He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, where he remained Thursday evening. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday for a bail hearing.

Few details about the case have been made public to date.

Aroostook County Deputy District Attorney Carrie Linthicum has said previously that the initial 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 where Brown taught.

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 about Sept. 7, and Brown was charged on Sept. 24 or 25, according to Linthicum.

Cote said Thursday that police could not discuss further details in the case.

Brown was arraigned on the unlawful sexual touching charge in December and pleaded not guilty.

Roger Shaw, the superintendent at SAD 42 in Mars Hill, said at the time of Brown’s arrest that he could not discuss the status of Brown’s employment. He said Thursday that Brown is no longer employed by the district.

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

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