Bail set for former Mars Hill teacher

Posted Jan. 07, 2011, at 10:16 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Bail was set at $500 cash for a former teacher at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill who was accused of violating his conditions of release earlier this week after allegedly attempting to contact a victim who has accused him of unlawful sexual touching.

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 unlawful sexual touching 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 previous arrest, was required to refrain from contacting the victim, who is younger than 18 and was not identified, or the victim’s family as part of the conditions of his release.

He allegedly recently tried to contact the victim and was arrested and charged Wednesday with violation of conditions of release.

Brown was arraigned on the new charge in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Friday. He pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $500 cash with conditions that again include having no contact with the victim. A trial date was set for February on the violation of conditions of release charge.

Brown had not made bail by early evening.

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 is 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 that 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 Sept. 24 or 25, according to Linthicum.

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

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

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