June 21, 2018
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Ashland teacher arrested on charge of gross sexual assault

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Stephen Wierzbowski
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

ASHLAND, Maine — A high school teacher from Ashland District School has been jailed for violating bail conditions related to a gross sexual assault charge filed against him last week, according to officials at the Aroostook County Jail.

Maine State Police arrested Stephen Wierzbowski, a 27-year-old English teacher at the school, on Monday night for allegedly violating his bail conditions. Wierzbowski admitted violating the conditions in court on Monday and remains incarcerated, a jail official said Wednesday.

Ashland District School includes kindergarten through grade 12.

The Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office declined to provide information about the victim of the alleged sexual assault.

State police are conducting an investigation that “spans from Greenville to up here,” said Ashland police Officer Joe Carney.

Wierzbowski was an English teacher at Greenville High School until July 2010.

“I am aware of the situation,” Greenville School District Superintendent Beth Lorigan said Wednesday. Lorigan said she did not know Wierzbowski because she started working at the school after he left.

Lorigan said she and other administrators and faculty at the school would continue to support the state police investigation.

Wierzbowski was charged with gross sexual assault and tampering with a witness on Nov. 30, according to jail records. He paid $500 bail and was released on Dec. 2 “with lots of conditions,” a jail official said. He did not identify the conditions.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins confirmed the charges against Wierzbowski but would not reveal whether the victim of the alleged sexual assault was a student.

The jail official said Wierzbowski would need to obtain a Maine Pretrial Services contract before he is eligible again for bail, which would be set at $500.

Attempts to reach school officials in Ashland and the state police sergeant leading the investigation were unsuccessful late Wednesday afternoon.

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