September 9, 2011

Piano teacher sentenced for sex assault

By Doug Harlow
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN -- A piano teacher was sentenced this week to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse of a minor.

Angel L. Crowley, 23, of Clinton, was sentenced to 364 days in the county jail, with all but 90 days suspended, according to court papers. She is also ordered to serve a year of probation upon her release and is forbidden to have any contact with males under the age of 16 unless supervised by an adult, and only then with the approval of the child's family.

Court documents show that the victim was 14 or 15 years old when the abuse happened in Fairfield between Jan. 1, 2010, and Feb. 28, 2010. Crowley pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the more serious charge of gross sexual assault, a class C felony, according to the court documents.

The charge was brought against Crowley as a teacher, employee or someone with instructional, supervisory or disciplinary authority over the victim, who was a student. Fairfield police Det. Sgt. Kingston Paul investigated the case.

Fairfield Police Chief John Emery said Crowley, who was self-employed as a piano teacher, was also a substitute teacher for the Lawrence High School band during the time of the abuse. There is no indication in court papers where the abuse occurred.

Crowley began serving her sentence Wednesday at Somerset County Jail in East Madison.

Her lawyer, John Martin of Skowhegan, could not reached Thursday for comment on the case.

Doug Harlow -- 612-2367

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