Photo courtesy WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine

Nov 15, 2015 5:01 PM

New allegations from New Ipswich about Maine principal who allegedly asked student for sex


WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Waterville Police Department is investigating reports from Don Reiter's former students in New Hampshire who claim that the principal exhibited similar behavior to what is being alleged in Waterville.

Police chief Joseph Massey said Sunday that Reiter's former high school students in New Ipswich, N.H., have been calling Waterville police since Thursday, saying that the principal exhibited similar behavior in that town when he was there.

"We have been contacted by some former students who attended a high school where Mr. Reiter was employed and they are alleging the same type of behavior as alleged in the Waterville case," Massey said. "We are currently looking into this."

School Superintendent Eric Haley has recommended that Reiter be fired from his position.

According the the school's attorney Reiter asked a female student on Aug. 27 to have sex with him, Haley's attorney told the Waterville Board of Education on Tuesday.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Melissa Hewey told the school board that the evidence will show Reiter called the girl into his office, closed the door, sat down next to her and said, "Can you keep a secret?" attorney Melissa Hewey said. "'Yes', she replied."

Then, according to Hewey, Reiter said, "Every year I choose one student to have sex with, and this year, I've picked you."

The student was shocked, frozen and wondered if it was a joke. She was shaking and nervous, Hewey said.

According to Hewey. the evidence will show that Reiter told her no one had ever turned him down before. He also told her, when she tried to leave his office, that she would not graduate from the school.

"If you tell anyone what happened here, I will make sure you never graduate from Waterville High School and never get your GED,'" Hewey said the student told officials later.

Reiter's attorney, Gregg Frame, however, said the evidence will show the allegations are false and that the situation never happened. Calling it a for-cause standard, Frame said there is no corroboration, nothing in Reiter's history that indicates he would do what the girl alleges. He has an unblemished record and was railroaded in this case, Frame said.

Frame told the board that the student was not on track to graduate and Reiter was trying to help her.

When Reiter called the student to his office that day, he closed the door to have a conversation, as he had done countless times before.

"I was a teacher for five years," said Frame, a Waterville Senior High School graduate. "What Don went through is everyone who works with kids' worst nightmare. There's no template for him to react."

According to Frame, Reiter told him the girl put her hand on Reiter's thigh and told him he was attractive.


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