Ashland teacher charged with gross sexual assault pondering plea change

Posted June 16, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
Stephen Wierzbowski
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Stephen Wierzbowski

ASHLAND, Maine — A change of plea could be in the works for an Ashland District School teacher arrested and charged in late November 2011 with gross sexual assault.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said earlier this week that attorneys for Stephen Wierzbowski, 27, are in negotiations that could lead him to change his initial not guilty plea.

“At this point, it is still in negotiations,” said Collins. “I don’t have an end date for it or information about whether he will plead guilty or no contest.”

A high school English teacher at the K-12 school, Wierzbowski was arrested Nov. 30, 2011, after a complaint made to the SAD 32 administration led to an investigation by Maine State Police. He was charged with gross sexual assault and tampering with a witness.

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

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

A short time later, he was arrested a second time for violating his bail by using alcohol and being in possession of a weapon and marijuana.

He has since pleaded guilty to the bail violation and been sentenced to 48 hours in jail and a $250 fine.

Because of the bail violations, however, Wierzbowski’s conditions of release were altered so that he would be supervised by Maine Pretrial Services, an organization that oversees people on probation and those who have to adhere to bail conditions.

His contract with MPS orders him to be in regular contact with police.

Joe Carney, an officer with the Ashland Police Department, said after his arrest that the state police investigation spans from Greenville to Ashland.

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

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