Former Aroostook County basketball referee indicted on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

Posted July 14, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
Andrew Legassie
Aroostook County Sheriff's Office
Andrew Legassie

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A former high school basketball referee has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent exposure.

In all, Andrew Legassie, 21, is charged with 29 counts stemming from his arrest in February after he allegedly used Facebook to send sexually explicit photos of himself to students he met while refereeing games, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

Legassie of Presque Isle is charged with seven counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, 12 counts of indecent conduct, seven counts of violating conditions of release, one count of attempted sex abuse of a minor and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

At the time of his arrest, law enforcement personnel requested anyone who may have been victimized by Legassie come forward.

“Many did come forward,” Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said in a statement released with Friday’s indictments. “The victims were from one end of Aroostook County to the other.”

In February, police said Legassie would send Facebook requests to students he encountered at games, and then he engaged them in increasingly inappropriate chat conversations on the social media website that would escalate to sending them sexual photos.

The investigation concluded in June when sheriff’s deputies turned over their report to Collins’ office.

The charges involve his transmitting sexually explicit images of himself to underage girls in addition to his request the girls reciprocate with images of their own.

“In at least two instances, the girls unfortunately did just that,” Collins said, adding their names and ages will not be released.

BDN reporter Bill Trotter contributed to this story

 

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