Ashland teacher sentenced

12 years ago

Ashland teacher sentenced

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    ASHLAND — Stephen Wierzbowski, 27, who formerly was employed as a high school teacher in both Ashland and Greenville, appeared recently in Aroostook County Superior Court before Justice E. Allen Hunter where he pleaded guilty to two charges of gross sexual assault.

    The charges were brought against Wierzbowski following an investigation late last year by the Maine State Police. He was arrested on Nov. 30 on charges of gross sexual assault and tampering with a victim, both Class C offense, following a tip from Ashland school officials.

    Wierzbowski was arrested again a month later for violating bail by using alcohol and being in possession of a weapon and marijuana. He later pleaded guilty to the bail violation and was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and fined $250.

    Wierzbowski was hired as an English teacher in Ashland in the fall of 2010. Prior to that, he taught at the high school in Greenville from 2008-10.

    According to Deputy District Attorney Carrie Linthicum, on Friday, Sept. 21, Wierzbowski was sentenced to four years in prison with all but 18 months suspended, along with two years of probation. He is also required for the next 10 years to register as a sex offender. Linthicum said investigators ultimately found two victims, one from Aroostook and the other from Piscataquis County.

    The 17-year-old Piscataquis victim appeared in court to read a statement, describing how the crimes committed by Wierzbowski affected her. Linthicum described the victim as “a lonely girl” and that Wierzbowski “was nice to her” and that the girl was vulnerable because Wierzbowski held a “position of trust and abused that trust.”

    Wierzbowski’s probation comes with several conditions, including no alcohol and drug restrictions and he is to have no contact with the victims.