August 24, 2013

Maine teacher faces child sex charges

Patrik Arsenault, hired in June as a special education teacher, has now been banned from all Mt. Blue property.

By KAITLIN SCHROEDER Morning Sentinel and BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal

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Castellanos said Arsenault initially denied molesting a child, but later said he had molested two children and had a video and at least one picture of some encounters in June or July.

Investigators saw two videos on the computer hard drive of Arsenault sexually assaulting one child and a photo of him touching the genitals of another, Castellanos wrote.

The complaint says Arsenault "knowingly employed, used, persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct."

Tupper said Arsenault was arrested at his home without incident and taken to the Kennebec County jail at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Arsenault made an initial appearance Friday via video before Judge Beth Dobson in Augusta District Court.

Attorney Walter McKee is representing Arsenault. His associate, Matthew Morgan, was with Arsenault in the jail.

"This is a new case for us," Morgan told the judge. "We were retained last night."

Two people who identified themselves as members of Arsenault's family watched the hearing from the courtroom, but did not respond when asked about either Arsenault or the case.

Dobson on Friday set bail as proposed by the state:

• $200,000 worth of property or $100,000 cash;

• No contact with the victims or their parents, all of whom live in Clinton;

• No contact with any child under 16;

• No possession or use of any Internet-capable device for reading, viewing or storage;

• No contact with any private or public elementary or secondary school or safe zones.

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