Trial delayed yet again

ELLSWORTH — The trial of a Tremont man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl while employed as a teacher at the Tremont Consolidated School has been continued for a third time.

Benjamin Hodgdon II, 47, is facing four counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor for his alleged molestation of a female student during the 1999-2000 school year. At the time, Hodgdon was a sixth-grade teacher and coached cross-country at the school.

Hodgdon’s trial was on the trial list for August, November and January. In each case, the trial was continued because the court was unable to schedule enough time within the schedule to hear the case, according to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster. The trial is expected to take five days and will be on the list for March.

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