ELLSWORTH, Maine – A former sixth-grade teacher is finally facing charges for sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl about 15 years ago.
Benjamin Hodgdon, 45, is being charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student “30 to 40 times” in 1999 and 2000, reports the Bangor Daily News.
He appeared in court last month and did not enter a plea to a charge of gross sexual assault.
Hodgdon, who was 31 at the time of the alleged assaults, was the girl’s sixth-grade teacher and was also her cross-country coach. She was in eighth-grade during the time of the alleged incidents.
The alleged assaults stopped in fall of 2000, when the girl was 14 and entering high school.
In September of 2012, the then 26-year-old victim took a video recording of Hodgdon admitting to the sexual assault. In the video, police reportedly watched Hodgdon tell the girl, “I cared for you” and “please don’t do that” when she threatened to tell police about the assaults.
Hoggdon left his position at the school well before the charges were filed. He is due in court next month.
Kansas teacher pleads not guilty
A Kansas high school teacher pleaded not guilty last month to one count of unlawful sexual relations with a student.
Ashley Eck, 24, a teacher at Winfield high School, is being charged with unlawful sexual relations between a teacher or school employee and a student, according to the Winfield Courier.
School administrators urged police to investigate the case shortly before last year’s school graduation.
Eck has taught at the school for almost two years and has been placed on paid leave.
She is currently free on bond and is set to be back in court next week.
Under Kansas state law, sexual relations between a teacher and student at the same school are illegal, regardless of the age of the student, reports the Winfield Courier.