A Washington County District Court judge on Tuesday ordered a Harrington boy accused of a sex offense to attend school or an alternative education program pending his trial.
The ruling by Judge David Mitchell means that the 11-year-old, who made his initial court appearance Tuesday, may return to a classroom at Harrington Elementary School in which two witnesses to the alleged crime also are students. Mitchell instructed the boy to have no more than “incidental contact” with the other boys.
The boy is accused of one count of gross sexual assault and one charge of assault. The alleged victim was a member of the same class, but his parents withdrew him and a sibling and placed him in private school.
The sex crime is alleged to have occurred in September 2013 in a home. However, defense attorney Jeffrey Davidson told the court Tuesday that the event — a slumber party — at which the alleged crime occurred was in 2012, not 2013.
The defendant continued to associate with the victim and witnesses for 18 months afterward, according to Davidson.
Source: BDN Maine
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