Former teacher pleads guilty to sex assault

AUBURN —A former substitute teacher at Leavitt Area High School in Turner pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student and agreed to spend a year in jail.

Seth Prideaux, 22, of Lewiston is scheduled next week for sentencing in Androscoggin County Superior Court on one count of gross sexual assault. The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

He has agreed to a four-year sentence with all but one year suspended, a prosecutor said. He also would spend four years on probation after his release from jail.

Prideaux would be required to register with the state for 10 years as a sex offender. He also would receive treatment as a sex offender, be evaluated for substance abuse and follow recommendations of the examiners. He would be barred from possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs. He also must avoid contact with females under the age of 16 or 18, depending on which age the prosecutor and defense attorney agree.

Prideaux was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of gross sexual assault and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor stemming from an incident in January when police responded to his home to find the parents of the 15-year-old student yelling in Prideaux's driveway. Her father told police his daughter had admitted to having sex with Prideaux. He reportedly told police he had sex with the girl three times during the two previous days.

He taught French as a long-term substitute at SAD 52, which includes Greene, Leeds and Turner. School officials said his name had since been removed from the school's substitute teacher list.

He has been free on $1,500 cash bail. A prosecutor had asked last month that his bail be revoked after Prideaux was found passed out in a parked car in Bar Harbor. One of his conditions of bail was no possession or use of alcohol.

cwilliams@sunjournal.com

 

 

 

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He was in a position of

He was in a position of authority and misused it. You can't tell me he thought this girl, in the school he was teaching at, was old enough for what he had in mind. If people think they may have a problem with their sexual desires, then maybe they should find a job that isn't so tempting for them. There are other things he could have done, but he chose to put himself in this position. I agree that the girls of today look alot older in the way they are allowed to dress, but looking at a persons face should tell you if they look too young. Most people still in school are usually way too young and should be considered jail bait...what is wrong with this world??????oh and BIG DADDY 40 years ago that was not the marrying age..what planet are you from????I graduated 40 years ago and 15 year olds were not getting married. Only if you were from the backwoods where they don't know any better....

He was in a position of

He was in a position of authority and misused it. You can't tell me he thought this girl, in the school he was teaching at, was old enough for what he had in mind. If people think they may have a problem with their sexual desires, then maybe they should find a job that isn't so tempting for them. There are other things he could have done, but he chose to put himself in this position. I agree that the girls of today look alot older in the way they are allowed to dress, but looking at a persons face should tell you if they look too young. Most people still in school are usually way too young and should be considered jail bait...what is wrong with this world??????oh and BIG DADDY 40 years ago that was not the marrying age..what planet are you from????I graduated 40 years ago and 15 year olds were not getting married. Only if you were from the backwoods where they don't know any better....

Herb Bacheller's picture

A tragic end to a promising

A tragic end to a promising career, and a life.

Herb Bacheller's picture

A tragic end to a promising

A tragic end to a promising career, and a life.

Jan Bachelder's picture

Whether he thinks he was

Whether he thinks he was "coerced" or not, he was a teacher in a position of authority. He was not approached on the street by some stray "oversexed" teenager lying about her age. This CHILD, which is what she is, went to the school that he was teaching at. At 15/16 years old, whether the sex was consentual or not, it was illegal. He's getting a bigger break through the legal system than he should be. And as far as him having to register as a sex offender, perhaps there should be different catagories on the registry, but if I had a little girl I would want to know about him. He did the crime, knowing thats what it was, let him do the time.

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