Ashland teacher accused of gross sexual assault back in court

Posted Jan. 20, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Stephen Wierzbowski
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Stephen Wierzbowski

ASHLAND, Maine — An Ashland District School teacher arrested and charged in late November with gross sexual assault had his bail amended Thursday for violating conditions of his release.

Stephen Wierzbowski, 27, a high school English teacher at the K-12 school, was arrested a second time a few days later for violating his bail.

The high school English teacher was arrested again in December for violating his bail by using alcohol and being in possession of a weapon and some marijuana, according to Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Carrie Linthicum. He has since pleaded guilty to the bail violation charges and been sentenced to 48 hours in jail and a $250 fine.

He remains charged with gross sexual assault and tampering with a witness.

Because of the bail violations, however, Linthicum filed a motion and argued in court Thursday to alter Wierzbowski’s conditions of release on the remaining charges so that he would be better supervised.

As a result, Linthicum said Wierzbowski will now be under the supervision of Maine Pretrial Services. She said he has signed a contract that contains numerous conditions that include him essentially being in regular contact with MPS, an organization that supervises people on probation and those who have to adhere to bail conditions.

He is now free on bail.

Wierzbowski was arrested Nov. 30 after a complaint made to the SAD 32 administration led to an investigation by State Police.

Police and school officials have not said whether the alleged victim was a student at the school, which serves kindergarten through grade 12.

Joe Carney, an officer with the Ashland Police Department, said last month the State Police investigation spans from Greenville to Ashland.

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

Wierzbowski was immediately put on leave by the district and ordered to have no contact with students.

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