Former North Haven coach arrested again for assault against same girl

Posted Oct. 21, 2013, at 3:59 p.m.

NORTH HAVEN, Maine — The island’s former boys basketball coach was behind bars again Monday after police said he sexually assaulted the same teenage girl who he previously admitted abusing.

Ryan Lantagne, 27, of North Haven, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and violating a condition of his release on the previous charges.

On Sept. 23 in Knox County Superior Court, Lantagne pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor — the same girl. He remained free on bail pending a sentencing hearing when he was arrested again Saturday.

The agreement reached last month between the district attorney’s office and defense lawyer called for Lantagne to be sentenced to four years in prison with all but up to six months suspended. Under that deal, Lantagne’s attorney was to be allowed to argue for less than the six month cap when his client is sentenced later this year. Lantagne also was to be placed on probation for four years.

He was originally arrested in March after the grandmother of the victim reported to police that she found a journal in which the girl discussed her relationship with Lantagne.

More recently, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Rockland District Court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the police were called when the grandmother of the victim said she believed the girl and Lantagne were seeing each other again.

The girl, now 15 years old, was questioned and acknowledged that the two had sex at his place after she went there on her own. At the request of police, she showed them photographs on her computer of the two of them hugging and kissing.

The deputy went to Lantagne’s home to question him and he denied the new allegations. He nevertheless was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday at $5,000 cash on the new charge. The district attorney’s office also has filed a motion to revoke Lantagne’s post-conviction bail.

Lantagne previously had coached the North Haven boys basketball team. He resigned before the team’s tournament appearance in early 2012.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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