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Maine instructor charged with sexual assault

Maine instructor charged with sexual assault

HOULTON, Maine — A longtime educator in southern Aroostook County was arrested Thursday in connection with multiple accounts of unlawful sexual contact after a weeklong investigation by the Houlton Police Department.

James J. Rochford, 75, was charged with three counts of unlawful sexual contact, one count of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor, Houlton police Chief Tim DeLuca said Monday.

Police released no further details.

“This investigation is of extremely deep concern for our community,” DeLuca said. “We received a contact last week via social media about a potential victim that was allegedly sexually molested. We started looking into this immediately and reached out to the victim.”

As police conducted their investigation, additional victims began to emerge. The chief declined to say exactly how many victims there were, but said that the investigation is ongoing. The chief described the victims as young adult men.

The Houlton police, in conjunction with the Aroostook County district attorney’s office, received an arrest warrant for Rochford, who was taken into custody without incident Thursday, the chief said.Rochford is an educational technician at the Region Two School of Applied Technology and taught in RSU 29 and Southern Aroostook […]

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