May 06–SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A Berwick Academy teacher fired last week acknowledged photographing female students but said none of the images involved nudity.
In an off-camera interview with WMTW of Portland on Friday, Brian Sanborn said he feels terrible but did not fully explain his conduct or the nature of the photos.
“I can only say that none of these pictures involved nudity or any physical content or inappropriate conversations with any of these people,” he told the TV station.
“I certainly never meant to hurt anybody here, but it has turned out that way and I do apologize for it,” he added, according to a WMTW broadcast transcript.
Sanborn has not been charged with a crime.
However, South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie said Monday the case remains under investigation.
Computer analysts are still searching an iPad, computer, cameras and other electronics seized from Sanborn’s Sanford home last Wednesday. Lajoie said that forensic review is progressing, albeit slowly.
Police also have completed several interviews in the case.
“We are not anywhere close to conclusions,” Lajoie said Monday.
Sanborn is accused of taking inappropriate photos of female students at the school during a 12- to 18-month period. Police announced the investigation in a press release issued late Thursday.
“I can’t tell you how awful I feel about things and how much pain and shame I have brought on a lot of people,” Sanborn told the TV station on Friday.
Additional details about the case have not been released, including the number of potential victims and the nature of any photos already recovered.
School officials released a statement last week outlining its response to a student’s claims against Sanborn.
“Upon confirming the validity of these allegations, we took swift internal actions to end this teacher’s employment, and we immediately reported this situation to local law enforcement,” Berwick Academy communications director Tracey Boucher said.
Boucher said the school is fully cooperating with the police investigation and that student and visitor safety is paramount.
Sanborn was a popular chemistry teacher and a girl’s basketball and softball coach at the private South Berwick school.
A phone call Monday night to Sanborn for comment was not answered.
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