Police investigating former maintenance director of Hermon School Department

Posted April 18, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — The Hermon School Department’s former director of transportation, maintenance and facilities is the focus of an investigation by the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the town’s school superintendent has confirmed.

The employee has resigned and his duties have been divided between two other School Department staff members, Superintendent Patricia Duran said after a school committee meeting Tuesday night.

Though Duran said she was unable to discuss the nature of the investigation or identify the employee by name because it is a personnel matter, an online staff directory as well as school committee documents indicated that the former employee at issue is Larry Dearborn.

Dearborn, who reportedly stepped down last month, had been employed by the School Department for nearly 20 years, according to a local official who did not wish to be identified.

Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday that he is aware of the investigation but he would not elaborate on what investigators are looking into.

Dearborn is the owner of Dearborn Energy Solutions, a limited liability corporation based in Hermon, and developer of heat capture technology called Heat S.T.O.P. for which he obtained a trademark on Aug. 18, 2010.

Dearborn also ran for a Town Council position in 2009 but lost to Douglas Sinclair, who is completing his first three-year term.

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