Sex case against former Mars Hill teacher unresolved

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 17, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.

MARS HILL, Maine —The case against a former teacher at Central Aroostook High School who was charged with unlawful sexual touching last fall has yet to be resolved in the Aroostook County court system.

Alan J. Brown, 54, of Mapleton, was charged with the sex crime last fall and arrested again in January after he reportedly tried to contact the victim.

No additional hearings have been scheduled to resolve the case as of Friday, according to officials.

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.

A short time later, State Police Detective Sgt. John Cote said that police received information that Brown had tried to contact the victim. An investigation led to Brown’s arrest this past January on a charge of violation of conditions of release.

He has reportedly since made bail.

Few details about the case have been made public to date. Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Carrie Linthicum said that she cannot say whether the alleged victim is male or female or a student at the high school where Brown taught. The incident reportedly occurred on or about Sept. 7, 2010. Brown was charged on Sept. 24 or 25.

Brown is seeking to suppress statements he reportedly made to police during questioning about the allegations against him, claiming he was not properly Mirandized before questioning by State Police last year.

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