Courtesy of New York Post: [https://nypost.com/2019/06/05/maine-student-teacher-busted-on-charges-he-had-sex-with-pupil/]
An anonymous letter sent by an “outraged citizen” tipped off cops in Maine about a student teacher accused of having sex with a female pupil he met in one of his classes, court documents show.
Eben Wight, a 21-year-old music teacher who started at Camden Hills Regional High School in January, was charged with gross sexual assault after Five Town Community School District officials got an unsigned letter last month from someone who said the University of Maine grad had gotten too close to an 18-year-old student, the Bangor Daily News reported.
“I am writing because of the gross immorality that Mr. Wight has shown as a student teacher in hopes that this man will not be able to abuse his authorities and power as a teacher in the future,” the message read. “I am writing to stop further female students from being trapped by his neediness and moral turpitude.”
The district’s superintendent relayed the letter to Camden police, prompting an investigation. Wight, who taught the school’s band and chorus, as well as a rock-and-roll history course, admitted to having sex with the girl, according to a police affidavit obtained by the newspaper.
The teen acknowledged to cops that she and the instructor had sex in a car multiple times between March and May, but claimed they didn’t get intimate on school grounds, the Courier-Gazette reported.
Wight, of St. George, did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday. He was released on $250 bail following a court appearance Monday, the Bangor Daily News reported.
The age of consent in Maine is 16, but any teacher or school employee can be charged with gross sexual assault if they have relations with a student over whom they have authority.