Maine Christian school teacher indicted on 26 sex charges involving student

Derek Michael Boyce (Lisbon Police Department)

FREEPORT (WGME) -- A Maine teacher has been indicted on 26 sex charges involving a student.

Police say the Pine Tree Academy teacher in Freeport had a sexual relationship with an underage student for months.

Police charged 37-year-old Derek Boyce with multiple counts of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and sex abuse of a minor.

Police say the relationship started in May, and in September a court affidavit said the victim's mother walked into her living room and found her daughter engaged in a sex act with Boyce.

A spokesperson for Pine Tree Academy said in September Boyce was placed on administrative leave and the school believes this is an isolated incident.

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 her daughter. She said administrators were also concerned and talked to Boyce about it.

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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