James Raymond, former Auburn teacher, back on trial for sex charges

5:05 PM, Apr 20, 2010   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- James Raymond is once again on trial, this time in federal court.

Back in 2008, the former teacher was found guilty of unlawful sexual touching and assault involving 3 of his students at the Park Avenue School in Auburn. He was arrested after a student told her mother the music teacher had put his hand up her skirt. Other students eventually came forward with similar stories. Investigators say raymond later admitted to police he had urges to touch young female students.

The accusations Raymond is now facing in federal court involve trips he made to a New Hampshire amusement park with 2 young girls before his conviction back in 2008. The federal government accuses him of taking 2 students, 9 and 11-year old sisters, across the state line with the intent of engaging in criminal sexual activity.

At the start of his federal trial Tuesday the older sister testified that while on a tube ride at canobie lake park Raymond touched her private parts. Raymond's attorney says the girl's testimony is unreliable. On the stand the girl admitted she was on medication for several years because she was hearing voices and seeing things that weren't there. Raymond's attorney says the accusations she made against his client grew with each subsequent interview she had with police and counselors.

The trial is expected to last through the week. Raymond is expected to take the stand.


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