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Maine high school teacher accused in the sexual assault of suicidal teen wants texts removed from upcoming trial

June 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Maine high school teacher accused in the sexual assault of suicidal teen wants texts removed from upcoming trial

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An attorney for a former married Maine high school teacher charged with sexual assault in connection with engaging in an illicit relationship with a love-struck suicidal teen wants a judge to keep screenshot photos of text messages out of her upcoming trial.

Court documents indicate Scott Gardner, the attorney for 29-year-old Jill Lamontagne, a former health teacher from Kennebunk, Maine, filed a motion in York County Superior Court this week asking that the photos be excluded on the basis of the “ease at which the identity of a text message sender can be manipulated; and the simplicity of deleting portions of a text message.”

According to the Bangor Daily News, the motion also challenged the timing of when the photos were given to Kennebunk Police investigators.

Gardner argued that didn’t happen until weeks later and were falsely taken by the male victim’s mother.

The motion also suggests the text messages were manipulated, not the “original writings” and should be remitted from the trial of the Kennebunk High School teacher who is charged with having an ongoing sexual relationship with the 17-year-old student.

The victim was hospitalized last June after a suicide attempt over the alleged sexual liaisons.

The student was admitted to Maine Medical Center in Portland after attempting to commit suicide by ingesting several medicines, including a blood thinner, Tylenol, and cold medicine.

Court documents show the teen also professed his love for the teacher to his mother and a nurse at the hospital.

In December, Lamontagne pleaded not guilty to 14 counts including six counts of gross sexual assault.

Prosecutors claim Lamontagne engaged in sex acts with the student on several occasions including in the “classroom, in her car, and at her house.”

Gardner has “categorically” denied the charges against his client and maintains she’s traumatized by the accusations and vows to prove her innocence,

“The allegations arise from a high school rumor resulting from the fantasies of a (then) 17-year-old student,” Gardner said in court documents.

School officials subsequently placed Lamontagne on administrative leave in June and she resigned from her position in December.

Opening arguments are expected to begin in July. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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