- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - The Maine attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into allegations that a former Biddeford police officer sexually abused a teenage boy more than a decade ago.

Lawyer Walter McKee said Friday that the investigation focuses on accusations made by his client, Matthew Lauzon, a Biddeford native who accused former officer Stephen Dodd of raping him in woods in the late 1990s.

Dodd, now 57, retired from the Biddeford Police Department in 2013, a year after being investigated over a similar allegation. He was not charged.

Tim Feeley, spokesman for the attorney general, said the request for an investigation came from the Biddeford Police Department. The investigation will be conducted by detectives from the attorney general’s office, he said.

“Investigating criminal conduct alleged to have occurred many years ago presents special challenges that require diligence and the meticulous analysis of evidence as it would have applied to the legal requirements at the time the crime is alleged to have occurred,” Feeley said.

A phone number was not listed for Dodd, whose last known address was in Florida. His lawyer, who was out of the office on Friday, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify alleged victims of sexual abuse, but McKee said his client wanted his name to be public. Lauzon criticized local police and the mayor of being slow to respond to allegations he originally made six months ago. He said previously that he still has nightmares about the abuse.

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