FARMINGTON – A 19-year-old dance instructor is facing additional charges of exposing himself to a 13-year-old boy at a dance camp in Winthrop while he was out on bail for a felony charge after allegedly showing pornographic material of children to another University of Maine at Farmington student in December 2007.
Keith R. Nadeau of Biddeford, was a student at UMF when he was arrested and charged with possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime, on Dec. 17, 2007. The charge is a Class C felony, said Chief Ted Blais of UMF’s Department of Safety at the time, because the material reportedly involved pornographic pictures of a child under the age of 12.
“He showed another student the material and the student was very uncomfortable with it,” Blais explained as to how his office became involved. Nadeau lived on campus in student housing. Nadeau’s bail was set at $3,000 unsecured before his release on the same day.
As part of his bail conditions, Nadeau was ordered to have no contact – direct or indirect – with children under the age of 17.
In the months following his arrest, Nadeau’s condition of release was amended to allow him the use of a computer to complete his college course work online, said Assistant District Attorney James Andrews.
In another bail amendment, Nadeau was allowed supervised incidental contact with children under the age of 17 so he could work at the dance camp.
He had worked at the summer camp for years and the director, Debra Lombard, was aware of the pending charge, Andrews said. Lombard had written a letter assuring prosecutors and the judge that she would be supervising Nadeau on a “one-to-one basis.” Lombard, runs the four-day camp at Winthrop High School called, “It’s Showtime Folks,” for children six years old and up.
While the camp was in session, a 13-year-old Augusta boy said that on July 24 Nadeau asked him to come into a locker room with him and then allegedly exposed himself to him and masturbated in front of him. The boy said he ran out of the locker room.
The boy’s mother called the Winthrop Police Department on Aug. 11 after she said her son told her what had happened at the camp. After interviewing the boy, his parents and Nadeau, Officer Paul Ferland arrested Nadeau and charged him with visual sexual aggression against a child. He also charged him with violating conditions of his release. Nadeau posted the $5,000 cash bail.
Prosecutor Andrews is asking that his pre-conviction bail be revoked following the new allegation that he exposed himself to a child. A hearing on that motion will be held on Sept. 11 in Franklin County Superior Court.
“You try to put all the safe guards in place with the conditions of bail,” Andrews said of Nadeau’s new charges, adding that the focus of all this should be that Nadeau was not being directly supervised as per the agreement. “We want to honor the presumption of innocence, and, at the same time, protect the vulnerable people. And you hope it’s successful.”