Teacher charged with sexually abusing children

6:53 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A special education teacher is facing charges of sexually assaulting two young children.

According to court documents, Patrik Ian Arsenault admitted to sexually abusing two boys, and pointed police right to the videos he made of the alleged abuse.

Arsenault is charged with two counts of gross sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is also facing federal sexual exploitation charges. Arsenault was arrested Wednesday after State Police and Homeland Security executed a search warrant at his home in Norridgewock.

The two victims in the case were not Arsenault's students, but they are autistic. The documents state the alleged abuse happened sometime between June 24th and July 31st. Arsenault worked as an ed tech and a teacher in an autism program at Wayne Elementary school for three years before he resigned in June. He was hired to teach special education at W.G. Mallett Elementary School in Farmington beginning this Fall. Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says Arsenault's role as a special education teacher makes the case particularly disturbing.

"Frankly that's what makes this case so upsetting," Maloney told NEWS CENTER. "It's someone people trusted, and that he would turn that trust around in this way makes it particularly upsetting and makes parents, and I'm a parent, very upset and uncomfortable about their own children's well-being."

RSU 38 superintendent Donna Wolfrom said when the news broke, she sat down and reviewed Arsenault's file from his time at Wayne Elementary. She said there were no indications of any problems. She is now consulting with the schools' attorney to determine what steps to take to ensure no abuse occurred. She says she has not been contacted by state police.






















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