- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) - A Maine high school principal recommended a football player for a prestigious athletic award weeks after learning the student had been accused of sexually assaulting two children.

The Portland Press Herald reports the 18-year-old Windham High School student was charged in juvenile court in November with two counts of gross sexual assault on victims under 8.

Police say they notified school administrators of the felony charges.

About five weeks later, the student was recommended for the Frank J. Gaziano Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards by Principal Chris Howell, along with Windham’s athletic director and its football coach.

The award is presented to linemen who are considered positive role models and display integrity, honesty and athletic citizenship.

Howell says it’s up to the court system to decide if the student is guilty.

The student received $1,000.

___

Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide