Caribou Regional Technology Center Substitute Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
24-year-old substitute teacher Colby Conroy has been found guilty on four of seven charges related to allegations of sexual assault with a 15-year-old student at Caribou Regional Technology Center.
Conroy was arrested on May 26, 2017, and waived his right to a jury trial. On August 29, he had a trial in front of Aroostook County Superior Court Justice Harold Stewart. Stewart decided not to rule immediately, but on September 19, he found Conroy guilty of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual touching, unlawful sexual contact, and sexual abuse of a minor.
Three other charges were dropped by District Attorney John Pluto. He chose to dismiss one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Pluto said that one count of sexual assault was dismissed because it was based on compulsion and force than the second count, which focused on the exploitation of authority. The two unlawful sexual contact counts were dismissed because they overlapped with a third count.
As of September 28, no date has been set for sentencing.
Legal Options For Survivors of Teacher Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors tell their stories and find justice. We’ve asked him to discuss the options for legal recourse available to survivors of sexual assault by teachers and other school employees:
Schools are supposed to be safe places where our children can learn and develop their minds. Unfortunately, some school employees turn out to be sexual predators who abuse their positions of trust and authority in order to sexually assault students. It’s important to make sure that these employees are prosecuted, that survivors get the help they need, and that the school is held accountable if their negligence resulted in a failure to keep their students safe.
For example, a school may be considered negligent if they allowed a teacher to continue working for them even after receiving complaints of sexual misconduct. Another example would be a failure to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct.
If you believe that your child has been sexually abused by a teacher or another school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.