LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Police in Lincoln say a school teacher is accused of having sex with a 15 year old student. Tammy Larlee an ed-tech for special education students at Matanawcook Academy is facing four counts of gross sexual assault and four counts of unlawful contact with a minor. According to police, the sexual relationship was uncovered while they were investigating a burglary case involving the 15 year old boy and Larlee.
Police chief Daniel Summers with Lincoln police said, "She [Larlee] was driving them around, but obviously there was some concern by the officers about why is this woman hanging around such young people especially this individual. It raised suspicion with the investigators who thought you know maybe we ought to press this a little bit further."
During police questioning, the 15 year old admitted he did have sex with Larlee at least four times this past summer. Detectives than questioned the special ed tech where they said she also admitted to having sexual relations with him.
According to detectives, administrators at the school had suspicions about the relationship between the two. Interim Superintendant Ray Freve with RSU 67 said the school did have
suspicions and conducted an internal investigation. Freve, however, could not confirm if the investigation began prior to police involvement. No court date has been set. If convicted a gross sexual assault charge carries a 30 year sentence and a sexual abuse of a minor charge carries a sentence of up to five years.