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RSU 40 warned of possible legal action over inappropriate relationship between former principal and student

Notice of claim filed against RSU 40, former principal
By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 25, 2018
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Waldoboro — An attorney representing a 2018 Medomak Valley High School graduate has sent the school district notice that she may take legal action against Regional School Unit 40 and former Principal Andrew Cavanaugh.

A notice of claim sent to the school district June 12 states that from April 20, 2017, through Nov. 3, 2017, Cavanaugh "pursued and engaged in an inappropriate relationship" with the minor student.

According to the document, Cavanaugh sent thousands of text messages to the subject, gave her gifts, and made sexually explicit and inappropriate remarks to her.

"As a result of the relationship," the document states, the former student "suffered emotional damages and damage to her reputation."

The notice warns the school that it may face a $500,000 claim for monetary damages in the case. Under Maine law, those intending to sue a school district or government agency must provide a notice of claim first, but the notice itself does not constitute a lawsuit.

Cavanaugh resigned from his position Dec. 14, 2017, after not being present in the building for more than a month with no explanation given to parents, teachers or the community.

Throughout the process, Superintendent Steven Nolan said he could not confirm or deny Cavanaugh's absence, and was not at liberty to discuss any details, maintaining, "Our highest priority, as always, is the safety and well-being of our students."

A complaint was made in early November to the Waldoboro Police Department about possible inappropriate contact between a Medomak Valley staff member and a student. Waldoboro police referred that complaint to the Knox County Sheriff's Office because the alleged contact did not occur in Waldoboro, but instead was within the jurisdiction of Knox County.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said that after an investigation by Detective Don Murray, no criminal activity was found.

The claimant is being represented by attorney Rachel J. Deschuytner of Robinson, Kriger & McCallum in Portland.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jun 25, 2018 12:06

I hope this girl gets everything due her for being subjected to the trauma she will have to endure for the rest of her life.

Andrew needs to come clean and make restitution for his deeds, too bad that the Insurance companies will probably foot the bill.

Isn't KARMA a wonderful thing !

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