PARIS — A former Hebron Academy faculty member and coach was charged Thursday with three felonies, including sexually assaulting a student and giving that student drugs.

Madeline R. New submitted photo

An Oxford County grand jury handed up an indictment charging Madeline R. New, 24, of Paris with gross sexual assault and two counts of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Each of those charges is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

According to the indictment, New engaged in a sexual act with a student, who is identified in court papers only by initials, between Jan. 1 and March 1 in Hebron.

New also gave that student, who was younger than 18, marijuana between Jan. 1 and March 1 in Hebron, according to the indictment.

During that time period, New gave the student what she knew was a restricted drug either on a school bus or within 1,000 feet of the private school, according to the indictment.


New was arrested March 7 at the private day and boarding school on Paris Road by Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies.

She was taken to the Oxford County Jail in Paris, where she posted $5,000 cash bail and was released.

Her bail conditions prohibit her from having any contact with anyone under age 16, She is barred from returning to Hebron Academy and may not be within 100 yards of the school.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in South Paris District Court in June.

Felony charges must be handed up by a grand jury before a case can proceed to trial unless a defendant were to waive that process.

According to the school’s website, New was listed as an assistant coach of the girls varsity lacrosse team and head coach of the girls basketball team for the 2023-24 school year.

She is a 2018 graduate of Hebron Academy, where she played basketball.

“These allegations are deeply troubling to our school community,” Hebron Academy Head of School Patrick Phillips said in a statement at the time of New’s arrest. “Our top priority is always to ensure that our students can learn in a safe, supportive, and inclusive community.”

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