SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Police say charges won’t be filed this week against former Berwick Academy teacher Brian Sanborn, who is accused of photographing female students at the elite private school.
South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie said investigators are still analyzing electronics seized from Sanborn’s apartment earlier this month. Police also are trying to arrange more interviews.
“We should have a better grasp next week when we get some the computer (equipment) analyzed and see what it really entails,” Lajoie said.
Sanborn is accused of taking inappropriate photos of female students at the school during a 12- to 18-month period. Police began investigating the claims last week after the school reported the allegations.
In a short interview last week with a Maine TV station, Sanborn said none of the photos contained nudity and denied inappropriate behavior or conversations with the students.
Sanborn, who lives in Sanford, was fired last week. He has not been interviewed by police and has obtained a lawyer.
“I would say we are approaching the halfway mark,” Lajoie said of the investigation.
He stressed that investigations take time, and that these allegations were released publicly as police had just started on the case. Typically, police spend weeks investigating a case before allegations are made public.
The public nature of this case also is making it difficult to gather information and interview witnesses.
“People in their mind are not sure how much they want to get involved,” Lajoie said. “This is a very sensitive case, and we have to treat it that way, and we have to respect everybody, and to have it so publicized makes it difficult.”
Distributed by MCT Information Services