February 18, 2016

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) A Maine high school principal recommended a football player for a prestigious athletic award weeks after learning the student had been accused of sexually assaulting two children.

The Portland Press Herald reports the 18-year-old Windham High School student was charged in juvenile court in November with two counts of gross sexual assault on victims under 8.

Police say they notified school administrators of the felony charges.

About five weeks later, the student was recommended for the Frank J. Gaziano Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards by Principal Chris Howell, along with Windham's athletic director and its football coach.

The award is presented to linemen who are considered positive role models and display integrity, honesty and athletic citizenship.

Howell says it's up to the court system to decide if the student is guilty.

The student received $1,000.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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