Nov 19, 2015 12:12 PM
Ex-New Ipswich teacher, Maine principal accused of propositioning student faces misdemeanor charge
WATERVILLE, Maine - Criminal charges have been announced against a Maine high school principal who used to work in New Ipswich, N.H. and who is accused of asking a student for sex.
According to WCSH in Portland, Maine, Don Reiter will be charged with official oppression for misuse of his office, a misdemeanor charge. He will not be charged with attempted gross sexual assault because the alleged victim is 18 years old.
Official oppression is a misdemeanor crime punishable by 6 months in jail. The district attorney wants Reiter to be held accountable for taking advantage of his power.
Reiter's attorney said he's surprised by the charge because it does not fit the situation and that the charge is "for corrupt public officials." He goes on to say even if what the alleged victim said is true, it's not illegal.
Police say two former students from Mascenic Regional High School have alleged that they had inappropriate relationships with Reiter when they were 17 years old and were students at the high school when Reiter worked there between 1998 and 2004 as a social studies teacher and later as an assistant principal.
Waterville Police said the mother of one of those girls turned over 147 pages of letters of communication they believe are between Reiter and that mother's daughter. Police say Reiter's name was on the address line of the letters to the student.
Police said the letters reference Reiter's love for the student, their "taboo" relationship, a kiss that they shared, and other very personal comments.
Police said the other student claims that when she was 17, she and Reiter had an inappropriate relationship that turned sexual during her senior year or just after graduation.