School Administrative District 17 director and former Selectman Toby S. Whitman was indicted Thursday by a Kennebec County grand jury on a charge of theft by misapplication of more than $10,000 worth of property.

The theft, which is being investigated by Lisa Byers of the Maine Forest Service, took place between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 15, 2017, in Fayette.

Attempts to reach Whitman, 46, of 38 Briggs St. in West Paris were unsuccessful Friday evening.

No details about the case were available Friday evening.

According to state law, the crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Whitman was appointed to the school board in 2012, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017 for a two-year term, according to annual town reports.

He resigned from his selectman seat in 2003 before his term had expired. Whitman told the Sun Journal at the time that he was resigning because of frustration from pressure exerted on the board by a small group of residents. He later told fellow board members that he was resigning because of business obligations.

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