A Winslow man who taught and coached in Waldo County pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl during school hours at the Waldo County Technical Center.

Michael Gagnon, 46, was released on bail and the case is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 6, said Waldo County District Attorney Geoffery Rushlau.

Gagnon was arrested April 4 on a charge of class C gross sexual assault. He is accused of sexually assaulting a female student while he was an automotive technology instructor at the Waldo County Technical Center in Waldo.

According to court records, Gagnon admitted to police that he had sex with the girl multiple times. A police affidavit states that he would leave class to take the girl on “test-drives” of the vehicles they were working on in class and that’s where the assaults would take place.

Under Maine law, it’s a class C crime for someone employed by a school district who has “instructional, supervisory or disciplinary authority over” a student under 18 to have sexual contact with the student.

Gagnon was put on leave from his position at Waldo Tech and as a softball coach at Mount View High School in Thorndike following the arrest.

He was indicted earlier this month by a Waldo County grand jury.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368 | [email protected]