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December 20, 2021

Herbert ‘Russell’ Carey Jr., 70, was sentenced to 3 years, all but 9 months and a day with the Maine Department of Corrections

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A former teacher and tennis coach at Penquis Valley High School will serve nine months in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a former student.

Herbert “Russell” Carey Jr., 70, was sentenced to three years with all but nine months and a day suspended as part of an agreement with the Piscataquis County District Attorney’s office in which Carey pleaded guilty.

District Court Judge Patrick Larson sentenced Carey on Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

Piscataquis County Assistant District Attorney Chris Almy said the additional day means Carey will have to spend the time in a state facility instead of the county jail.

Almy said at the sentencing that Carey sexually assaulted the female student, who was 16 and 17 at the time, on and off school property between April 2015 and 2016.

An investigation began after the young woman reported the assaults in May of this year. Carey was arrested on Aug. 10 by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office and charged with sexual assault.

After the sentencing, Carey’s defense attorney Stephen Smith said, “He is a good and honorable man. He’s 70 years old. He spent decades in this community doing a lot of good and he acknowledges his wrongdoing and he doesn’t wish it to define himself and he doesn’t wish it to define his victim.”

Carey was taken into custody immediately following the sentencing

“This defendant really took advantage of his position and he not only, as a teacher, affected the victim but you know think about other teachers,” Almy said. “There are a lot of good teachers in our communities. They work hard and this defendant has not only damaged his immediate victim but he’s damaged the reputation of teachers as well, which is really unfortunate.”

Upon his release from prison, Carey will be on probation for two years with the additional conditions of having to attend sex offender counseling and no contact with children under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know needs a resource or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Former Penquis Valley High School teacher Herbert Carey pleaded guilty to six counts of gross sexual assault. 

Carey was arrested in August and indicted in October for allegedly having sex with one of his students.

According to court records, the crimes took place in 2015 and 2016.

Carey, who is now 70 years old and retired, learned his fate in Piscataquis County Court on Monday.

The former teacher will spend nine months in prison and have a two-year probationary period once he is released.

If Carey violates his parole, he could be sent back to prison for up to 27 months, based on the judge’s discretion. 

“The sentence was significant. It requires him to serve some time at the Department of Corrections and he’s paying a price for what he did,” said Christopher Almy, assistant district attorney.

Almy, who prosecuted the case, said there are multiple victims as a result of Carey’s actions.

“The significance of this case is two-fold. First of all, the defendant in the case took advantage of a student that he was a teacher of and that’s affected her and it will affect her for a long time,” Almy said. “You think about it, there are a lot of teachers in this community who work hard, they try to serve our communities. and he sort of impacted or damaged their reputation as well.”

Carey’s defense attorney, Stephen Smith, said his client does not want this crime to define him or his victim.

“He is a good and honorable man. He is 70 years old. He spent decades in his community doing a lot of good,” Smith said. “He accepted responsibility early on. This is a fair sentence. Well in line with other similar situations.”

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (WABI) – A former teacher and coach in Milo pleaded guilty Monday morning to six counts of gross sexual assault.

A judge in Dover-Foxcroft sentenced 70-year-old Herbert Carey Jr. to nine months behind bars.

Carey was arrested in August on accusations of sexually assaulting one of his students.

Carey was a teacher and tennis coach at Penquis Valley High School.

He was also listed as an AOS 43 school board member at one point.

Officials say the crimes happened between April 2015 and 2016 and took place in Milo and at Schoodic Lake.

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If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.

A former school board member, teacher and coach from Milo will serve nine months and one day in prison for sex crimes involving a former student, according to the district attorney’s office.

Herbert Russell Carey Jr., 70, of Milo was sentenced today at the Piscataquis Judicial Center in Dover-Foxcroft to three years in prison, with all but nine months and one day suspended, along with two years probation.

Carey, who was a teacher and tennis coach at Penquis Valley High School and served on the boards of SAD 40 and AOS 73 until March, pleaded guilty to six counts of gross sexual assault, a Class C felony crime. The effects of the crimes on the victim and on teachers’ reputations make the case significant, according to Assistant District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.

“He went to jail today, and he will have to serve his time at a department corrections facility as opposed to the county jail,” Almy said.

Carey was indicted Oct. 21 by the Piscataquis County grand jury for the sex crimes, which allegedly occurred in 2015 and 2016. If Carey were to violate the conditions of his probation, he could be sent back to prison for up to three years.

The offenses involved a female student when she was a junior and senior, Almy said in August, when Carey was arrested and first charged with the sex crimes.

The victim, who is now 23, notified police in May, Almy said. She told them her ongoing relationship with Carey involved touching and sexual acts during the last part of her junior year and throughout her senior year, he said Monday.

The victim also told police some of the sexual acts occured in a hidden corner of a study hall room and on a road behind the school in Milo, according to information Almy provided. Some also took place at Carey’s camp on Schoodic Lake, he said.

The victim graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 2016, and her relationship with Carey continued until 2018, Almy said.

“It was a significant case because the defendant abused his trust and standing as a teacher to take advantage of a vulnerable student,” he said. “His actions affected his victim and those effects will last a long time.”

Carey also damaged the reputation of hardworking teachers “who work tirelessly in our communities to nurture healthy children,” Almy said.

Carey served as the Milo representative on the board of SAD 41, which serves Brownville, Lagrange and Milo, from 2018 until March, when he chose not to run for reelection. He also served from 2019 until March on the board of AOS 43, serving those three towns as well as Edinburg, Enfield, Howland, Maxfield and Passadumkeag.

Police interviewed Carey in May, when he initially said he knew the victim from school and had not seen her for a few years. Carey later told investigators that his sexual relationship with the victim began when she was 16 and continued until she was in college.

Carey said sex occurred in his bedroom, at his camp and in vehicles, Almay said. He told police he had been in love with the victim.

Carey’s attorney, Stephen Smith of Augusta, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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