MACHIAS, Maine — A former substitute teacher at the Ella Lewis School in Steuben who had sex with an eighth-grade student will spend a year in state prison for the crime.
Dianne Leach was sentenced July 13 in Superior Court by Justice Alan Hunter, whose ruling also requires her to be on probation for two years after her release and to be listed on Maine’s sex offender registry. In addition, Hunter ordered Leach to pay $2,100 in restitution to the victim’s family.
In April 2011, Maine State Police investigated allegations of an inappropriate relationship between Leach, 47, of Steuben and a male student. RSU 24 Interim Superintendent Wayne Enman then told the Bangor Daily News that the investigation was launched when another teacher confiscated the victim’s cellphone during a class and saw a text message from Leach that raised concerns.
The complaint filed in May claims that Leach engaged in sexual acts with the student in December 2010 and in March 2011. When charged, Leach entered a plea of no contest.
RSU 24 subsequently obtained a protection order against Leach requiring her to stay off all school properties.