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Former Mars Hill teacher accused of sex crime seeking suppression of some of his statements

Posted May 07, 2011, at 12:33 p.m.
Last modified May 09, 2011, at 9:24 a.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — A former teacher at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill who was charged with unlawful sexual touching last fall is seeking to have some of the statements he made to police suppressed, Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Carrie Linthicum confirmed last week.

Alan J. Brown, 54, of Mapleton, who was charged with the sex crime last fall and arrested again in January after he reportedly tried to contact the victim, has filed paperwork through his attorney seeking to suppress statements he reportedly made to police during questioning about the allegations against him.

Brown is claiming that he was not properly Mirandized before questioning, according to Linthicum. Miranda rights are read to an individual by police to inform the person of his constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent and to request an attorney.

Linthicum said she did not want to address the matter until the suppression hearing later this month, but she said it’s not uncommon for attorneys to file such requests on behalf of their clients.

Brown’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown, who was a geography, civics, psychology and U.S. history teacher at the school, was charged by Maine State Police with unlawful sexual touching last September. He is no longer a teacher at the school.

Brown was released on bail shortly after his arrest. He was arraigned on the unlawful sexual touching charge last December and pleaded not guilty. His bail conditions required him to refrain from contacting the victim, who is under 18 and not identified, or the victim’s family.

State police Detective Sgt. John Cote said at the time that police received information in January that Brown had tried to contact the victim. An investigation was conducted, which led to Brown’s arrest by state police Detective Adam Stoutamyer on a charge of violation of conditions of release. Brown appeared before a judge and bail was set on the new charge. He reportedly made bail, but that information could not be verified Friday.

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

Linthicum has indicated she will 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, 2010. Brown was charged on Sept. 24 or 25, according to Linthicum.

Cote, who has served as spokesman for the case, was out of the office last week and unavailable for comment.

CORRECTION:

The headline on this article has been updated to clarify that the accused man was not a teacher in Mapleton.

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