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Former student teacher sentenced to time served

By Stephen Betts | Oct 22, 2020
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Rockland — A former student teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School was sentenced to no additional jail time for a sexual relationship he had with an 18-year-old student.

Justice Bruce Mallonee sentenced Eben Wight, 23, of St. George to 364 days in jail with all but 72 hours suspended for unlawful sexual touching. Wight will be on probation for a year.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald sought a 90-day jail term, arguing that Wight did not earn a good outcome in a deferred disposition agreement reached in September 2019 because he did not complete a counseling requirement.

The defense argued for no jail time. Wight will serve no additional time because he already spent 72 hours in jail when he was arrested in May 2019. Wight was represented by attorney Steven Peterson.

The sexual relationship was a crime even though the woman was an adult because Wight had "instructional, supervisory or disciplinary authority" over the student. The relationship was consensual.

According to an affidavit filed by Camden Police Detective Curt Andrick with the court, Five-Town Community School District Superintendent Maria Libby contacted Camden police to report the high school received an anonymous letter alleging that Wight was in a sexual relationship with a female senior at the high school.

The detective interviewed Wight May 14, and Wight admitted he had a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old student. Wight was 21 at the time.

Wight taught chamber singers, band/chorus and history of rock and roll, according to the police report. He also served one day as a substitute teacher at the school. He taught in the start of January.

There were several letters of support filed with the court, asking for no jail time for the young man.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Nina Reed | Oct 23, 2020 10:58

It's nice to know that Justice Mallonee is watching out for the young girls in our area. Sex offenders rejoice! You'll never serve time for your crimes! M Keene

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