May 25, 2018
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Bail for teacher convicted of child sex abuse set at $10,000 cash

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Bail for convicted child sex offender William Wiley was set Thursday at $10,000 cash or $25,000 real estate during a hearing at Waldo County Superior Court.

Wiley, 41, a former Searsport music teacher, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday night of 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact against a child. The verdict followed a three-day long criminal trial.

If he does make bail, Wiley can have no direct or indirect contact with the victim, now 20, and a female friend of the victim, who also is 20 years old. He also is not allowed to have contact with any children under 17, except for supervised visits with his own child.

Wiley also must attend psychological counseling on a regular basis and provide proof of attendance to the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office.

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray signed the order detailing Wiley’s bail conditions.

As of late Thursday afternoon, Wiley was still being held at Waldo County Jail.

As was the case throughout the trial, Wiley had many supporters present in the gallery at the courthouse when the hearing was held Thursday, according to a court official.

After the verdict was handed down Wednesday night, Wiley, who has been living in Palermo, said he and attorney Steve Peterson will appeal.

During the trial, they said he was innocent of all charges, and that police had used coercive tactics when they obtained a confession from Wiley that he had engaged in sexual contact over a six-month period in 2004 with a girl who was at that time 12 or 13 years old.

Wiley was found guilty on seven counts of Class C unlawful sexual contact not including penetration and three counts of Class B unlawful sexual contact including penetration. The jurors, however, found him not guilty on the most serious charge of Class A gross sexual assault.

Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker and Peterson had a discussion with the judge about Wiley’s bail conditions Wednesday night.

When Peterson asked for lesser bail, he argued that his client had abided by his previous bail conditions “as strictly as anybody I’d ever seen in my life.

“There’s no evidence that he’s posed any kind of danger to anybody else,” Peterson said. “He has absolutely no criminal record, until today.”

But Walker disagreed, saying that the convictions had changed matters.

“This jury just found that he lied to the jury in his testimony,” he said. “I think the risk of flight is apparent, now that he’s been convicted of these serious crimes.”

A date for Wiley’s sentencing hearing has yet to be determined, according to a court clerk.

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