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.”