Art teacher charged with solicitation of a child



ELLSWORTH — Police arrested Jack Tedeschi, 60, of Ellsworth on Aug. 6, following a report of inappropriate touching of a 13-year-old girl. The girl and her parents reported the incident to police on Aug. 5, stating the alleged touching had occurred during a private art class. Tedeschi was arrested the next day on charges of solicitation of a child to commit a prohibited act and assault, both Class D crimes, and taken to Hancock County Jail. He was released on $1,000 secured bail on Aug. 9, with the condition he have no contact with children under 14 years of age except for his own.

The assault charge arises from Tedeschi allegedly “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly” causing injury or offensive physical contact. The solicitation charge stems from the girl being under 14 years of age and Tedeschi over 16 years of age. Class D crimes are punishable by a maximum penalty of up to 364 days of jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

In Ellsworth Police Detective Andrew Weatherbee’s affidavit, he stated the girl said she had been attending art class at Riverside Art Studio for a three-hour class, three days a week. Tedeschi asked her to stay two hours late one day per week to work on her painting at no charge. She said no other students were asked.

On Aug. 5, she stayed after class and Tedeschi asked her to go into a back room, according to the affidavit. She said this had not happened before and he gave no explanation. She did not ask why but complied. Once she sat down, Tedeschi stood in front of her and began rubbing her thighs. She then pulled out a X-acto knife used in artmaking and held it at her side. The rubbing stopped after about 10 seconds and she stood up to leave. According to the affidavit, Tedeschi asked her several times not to be mad at him.

The girl and her parents decided to pursue criminal charges after speaking with police. Tedeschi is scheduled to next appear in court on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Ellsworth lawyer Steven Juskewitch is entered in court documents as Tedeschi’s attorney.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

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