ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Tremont man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl about 15 years ago made his initial appearance Tuesday in an Ellsworth courtroom.
Benjamin H. Hodgdon II, 45, did not enter a plea to a charge of gross sexual assault during Tuesday’s brief appearance in Ellsworth District Court. With Hodgdon as he appeared before Judge Bruce Mallonee were members of his family and his defense attorney, David Van Dyke.
Hodgdon is a former teacher at Tremont Consolidated School who is accused of having sexually assaulted the girl “30 to 40 times” in 1999 and 2000, according to documents filed at the court clerk’s office in Ellsworth. The girl was 13 and in eighth grade at the school when the alleged assaults started in late summer or early fall of 1999, according to the document.
Hodgdon, who was 31 years old at the time, had been the girl’s sixth-grade teacher and was her cross-country coach at the time, according to an affidavit filed in court. The alleged assaults stopped when the girl entered high school in the fall of 2000, when she was 14, the affidavit states.
Hodgdon is free on $5,000 cash bail and faces possible indictment later this week by a Hancock County grand jury. He is due to appear back in court in Ellsworth on the gross sexual assault charge on April 7.