ELLSWORTH — A judge has denied motions filed by the Tremont man convicted in March of sexually assaulting a young student while he was a teacher at the Tremont Consolidated School.
Benjamin Hodgdon II, 48, was convicted March 16 of single counts of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor following a three-day trial in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. A jury of 10 men and two women deliberated for about five-and-a-half hours before returning the verdict. Hodgdon was acquitted on three additional counts of gross sexual assault and single counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor.
Hodgdon’s attorney, David Van Dyke of Lewiston, then filed motions for a new trial and for his client to be acquitted of two of the three guilty counts.
Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster said this week that the trial judge, Justice Robert Murray, denied both motions in decisions his office received late last week.
“We’re obviously pleased,” Foster said.
Foster said he did not have details regarding Murray’s decisions; the case is being handled by Assistant District Attorney Toff Toffolon. The decisions were not immediately available at the clerk’s office.
Hodgdon is to be sentenced following the completion of a presentencing report. Until then, he is free on bail. He faces up to 30 years in prison.