Pine Tree Academy Teacher Accused of Sexual Relationship With Student
A teacher from Pine Tree Academy has been charged with gross sexual assault based on allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, according to Lisbon Police. 37-year-old Derek Michael Boyce is a teacher at the religious private Seventh-day Adventist school, which includes students from grades K-12.
According to a statement from the Lisbon Police, Boyce had an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student. He was arrested at his home in Woolwich on September 21, the first day that police began investigating the allegations against him. He is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Boyce has been charged with two counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Boyce is not certified with the state Department of Education. However, private schools are not required to hire certified teachers.
Pine Tree Academy released a brief statement, saying that they had placed Boyce on leave and banned him from campus and from having contact with students pending the outcome of this investigation.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Teacher Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents the survivors of child sexual abuse and other crimes in civil lawsuits. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to the survivors of these crimes and their families:
Sexual violence continues to plague the United States and many of these cases involve offenders who are in positions of trust, such as teachers, doctors, massage therapists, and coaches. In cases of child sexual abuse, many perpetrators are individuals who are entrusted with the care of children. When a teacher sexually abuses a student, there are many concerns that need to be addressed. We must make sure that the child understands that they were abused, that the perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted, and that the school is held accountable if they failed to prevent the abuse through negligence.
If you believe that your child has been sexually abused by a teacher or another school employee, you may be curious about your family’s legal options. While the criminal justice system will handle the prosecution of the perpetrator, families in this tragic situation also have rights in the civil court system. If your child’s school district was negligent in a way that contributed to the abuse, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against them.
If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options during this difficult time, we recommend speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.
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