Former Augusta fire captain pleads innocent in teen molestation case

Posted Feb. 24, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former fire captain in Augusta, Maine says he’s not guilty of molesting a teenaged girl.

Thirty-nine-year-old Robert G. MacMaster, who’s charged with sexually abusing the girl over a four-year period ending last April, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an arraignment in Kennebec County Superior Court. He’s charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of gross sexual assault.

The Morning Sentinel reports that he was freed on $2,000 bail pending an April 5 court hearing.

MacMaster resigned in 2009 after being put on administrative leave amid allegations he stole $3,565 from the Augusta Uniformed Firefighters Association. He later pleaded guilty in that case.