Former Jay school guidance counselor accused of sexually abusing two young girls

Posted May 24, 2012, at 9:40 a.m.

WILTON, Maine — A local man is accused of sexually abusing two Franklin County girls, who were younger than 12 at the time, within the last six years, police said.

Sgt. Richard Billian Jr. arrested Carl A. Seaward Jr., 81, of Wilton, on Tuesday on a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual touching, Wilton police Chief Heidi Gould said Wednesday.

The Wilton Police Department investigated the case after it received a referral from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Wilcox said.

State prosecutors added two more felony unlawful sexual contact charges during a court appearance Wednesday, according to court documents.

The incidents occurred in September 2006, the documents state.

Judge Nancy Carlson set bail for Seaward, a retired school guidance counselor, at $10,000 cash, the documents state. He remained at Franklin County jail in Farmington as of Wednesday afternoon.

Seaward retired from the Jay School Department in 2002 after serving more than 15 years as a counselor at the elementary and middle schools, according to Sun Journal archives.

Carlson ordered Seaward to have no contact, direct or indirect, with the victims and to have no contact with anyone younger than 16, documents state. Bail may be revisited once an attorney is appointed.

A status conference on the case is set for Aug. 24.

Seaward was recognized in March 2011 as a Korean War veteran and was presented military service medals by U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, during a ceremony in Wilton.

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