Mark Good

Teacher Charged with Sex Assault Enters No Contest Pleas



Mark Good
Dianne Leach and her lawyer, Jeffrey Davidson, appear before Judge Allen Hunter Monday morning.

MACHIAS – A former substitute teacher at the Ella Lewis School in Steuben entered pleas of no contest Monday to charges that she sexually assaulted a young male student.

Dianne Leach, 47, of Steuben entered the pleas Monday in Washington County Superior Court to two counts of Class C gross sexual assault. She remains free on $500 unsecured bail until her sentencing, which has been stayed until a court-ordered forensic evaluation and presentencing investigation can be completed.

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh is asking the court to impose a 3½-year jail sentence, with all but six months suspended. The state additionally is recommending she serve two years probation following her release.

The charges against Leach stem from allegations that she had sexual relations with a boy who was an eighth-grade student at the Ella Lewis School. Those allegations came to light in March, after a teacher saw a text message on the boy’s cell phone from Leach, Cavanaugh said. The message said, “I love you and miss you,” Cavanaugh said.

During the proceeding Monday, Leach waived her right to be indicted by a grand jury on the charges. Justice Allen Hunter also explained that entering pleas of no contest would have the same result as pleading guilty. Read the full story in the February 9th issue of The Ellsworth American.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander