June 20, 2018
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Ex-Hermon School Department worker expected to plead guilty to theft

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Hermon School Department’s former director of maintenance and facilities is scheduled to plead guilty later this month to stealing more than $28,000 from the School Department, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

Larry Dearborn, 44, of Hermon is scheduled to waive indictment and plead guilty to Class B theft, according to an email sent to local media Thursday.

Dearborn used his position with the School Department to purchase items for personal and business use, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Thursday. Dearborn’s purchases over several years included car parts and furnaces.

Because he used a school account to purchase the items, Dearborn did not pay sales tax, the prosecutor said.

Class B theft is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Dearborn is expected to be sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay $28,221.58 in restitution, Almy said.

Dearborn, who reportedly quit his job in March, had been employed by the School Department for nearly 20 years, according to a previously published report.

Dearborn is the owner of Dearborn Energy Solutions, a limited liability corporation based in Hermon, and developer of heat capture technology called Heat S.T.O.P. for which he obtained a trademark on Aug. 18, 2010.

Dearborn also ran for a Town Council position in 2009 but lost to Douglas Sinclair, according to a report published in April.

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