May 21, 2018
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Waldo County teacher indicted in Penobscot County for sexual assault against student

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An automotive technology instructor at Waldo County Technical Center, who was indicted by the Waldo County grand jury in May for sexually assaulting a student, was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury for the same charge.

Michael Gagnon, 46, of Winslow was arrested in April and charged with Class C gross sexual assault against one of his female students, who was under the age of 18.

“Gagnon and the victim came up here and spent the night in a local hotel,” Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said after the grand jury handed up the indictment.

The Penobscot County gross sexual assault charge will be transferred to Waldo County to become part of their case, the deputy district attorney said.

Gagnon was arrested two months ago after Waldo County police investigated a rumor that a staff member at the technical center was involved in a sexual relationship with a student from Regional School District 20.

Gagnon admitted to being involved in a physical relationship with the student, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said at the time of his arrest.

Gagnon was placed on administrative leave at the technical center and from his softball-coaching job at Mount View High School in Thorndike, which he held for 12 years.

If found guilty of either charge, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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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