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Former Maine Christian teacher accused of having sex with student to appear in court

Derek Michael Boyce (Lisbon Police Department)

LEWISTON (WGME) -- A former Maine Christian school teacher is expected to appear before a judge Friday morning.

Police charged 37-year-old Derek Boyce, of Woolwich, with multiple counts of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, and sex abuse of a minor, stemming from allegations that he had sex with an underage student.

An Androscoggin County grand jury indicted him on Tuesday. He will be arraigned Friday morning.

Boyce worked at Pine Tree Academy in Freeport as a math teacher, but was placed on administrative leave in September. He has since been fired.

According to court documents, the victim's mother caught him engaging in a sex act with the minor in her living room.

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According to court documents, the victim's mother told police she had gone to the school earlier this year, concerned Boyce was spending too much time alone with the victim. She said administrators were also concerned and talked to Boyce about it.

A spokesperson for Pine Tree Academy said in September the school believes this is an isolated incident.

Boyce is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $50,000 bail. He is not allowed to have contact with the victim, her family, or anyone under the age of 18.

Pine Tree Academy offers “Christ-centered” education to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the school’s website.

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