THORNDIKE — The principal of Mount View Middle School in Thorndike is due in court next month after being arrested this week on three counts of unlawful sexual touching.
David A. Holinger, 41, of Belgrade, was the subject of a Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began last month into an allegation of sexual touching, a Class D offence, which involves would be produced in Belgrade, according to information released Thursday by Lt. Chris. Read from the sheriff’s office.
Holinger’s bail was set at $1,000 in cash and he is to have no contact with the alleged victim or any unsupervised contact with a girl under the age of 16, according to Read.
He was arrested on Tuesday, released on bail and released the same day, Read said.
Holinger is due in court at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.
Named Maine Biology Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the National Association of Biology Teachers, Holinger began his teaching career that year at Old Orchard, according to the Mount View Middle School website.
He taught ninth grade earth systems science at Lewiston High School for nine years and served as school principal at Kennebec Montessori School in Fairfield, before joining Regional School Unit 3 in 2019.
“I am passionate about supporting the social, emotional, academic and personal growth of our students,” Holinger said in a statement posted to the website.
Attempts to reach Holinger on Thursday were unsuccessful.
Holinger received her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2018 from Thomas College in Waterville. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science and education, with a minor in oceanography, from the University of New England at Biddeford.
RSU 3 enrolls students from Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, and Waldo.
A call made to RSU 3 Superintendent Charles Brown seeking comment on Thursday was not returned, but Brown issued a statement to the school community, with parents and students saying that earlier in the day officials at the school learned that a district superintendent had been arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful sexual touching of a minor.
“RSU 3 is investigating these allegations and will cooperate with law enforcement,” Brown’s statement said. “The principal is on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation and has been advised that he should not have any contact with students at RSU 3 or enter the grounds of RSU 3 school.”
Brown said RSU 3 takes the allegations “extremely seriously and will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and protection of its students. There will be counselors available for students and staff.
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