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Maine Supreme Court vacates final charge against former Tremont teacher convicted of sexual assault against minor

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Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 1:18 PM EDT
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ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - A former teacher and coach at Tremont Consolidated School found guilty of sexually abusing a minor will either get a new trial or have his case dismissed.

The Maine Supreme Court Thursday vacated a gross sexual assault count against Benjamin Hodgdon.

He was convicted of that and two other counts in 2016.

All of the charges involving a female student allegedly occurred in 1999 and 2000.

During a hearing in 2019, Hodgdon claimed evidence and witnesses were tampered with and accusations made during closing arguments were not true. He also believes his attorney poorly represented him.

Last year the high court vacated two of the three counts against Hodgdon.

With the latest ruling, it’s now up to the Hancock County District Attorney to decide whether to pursue another trial or dismiss the case all together.

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