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Maine teacher fired for taking photos of students without their knowledge

A Maine teacher fired for taking photographs of his students without their knowledge for roughly a year is currently under investigation by police.

Brian Sanborn, a chemistry teacher and girls’ basketball coach, was fired by Berwick Academy Monday after he admitted to administrators during the school’s internal investigation that he took the pictures at various times and locations.

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South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie said school officials contacted authorities immediately after Sanborn’s termination, prompting an investigation.

Police confiscated several of Sanborn’s items after executing a search warrant, but Lajoie said police have not found any incriminating photographs and Sanborn has not been charged with any crimes.

“The individual has lost his employment with Berwick Academy. There has been no evidence that I’ve seen,” Lajoie said. “We’ve confiscated a desktop computer, two iPads, a cellphone, a digital camera and a [Nintendo] Wii.”

Lajoie said searching the confiscated items for information is an extremely time-consuming process, and it could take police several additional days to complete the search.

Berwick Academy spokeswoman Tracey Boucher said the school “took swift internal actions” to end Sanborn’s employment.

“We are cooperating fully with the police during their investigation, as the safety and security of our student body and anyone visiting the Berwick Academy campus remain our highest priority,” Boucher said in a statement.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs can be reached at zolan.kanno-youngs@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kannoyoungs.
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