Jury selection is set to begin next week for the former Mount View Junior High science teacher accused of viewing and storing child pornography on both his personal and school-issued computers.

Michael Douglas, 42 of Augusta, is charged with possession of sexually explicit materials. A Waldo County grand jury indicted Douglas on that charge last May.

In April of last year, Douglas reportedly admitted to police that he had, in recent years, viewed child pornography both on his school and personal computers, according to court documents. Douglas resigned from his position with Maine School Administrative District 3 one day after Maine State Police detectives interviewed him as part of their investigation into his alleged Internet activity.

During his appearance at Waldo County Superior Court Jan. 5, Douglas formally waived his right to have a Kennebec County Grand Jury determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to file the same charge against him in his home county. That action was in line with Douglas’ request to consolidate his trial and have it heard solely in Waldo County. Douglas made that request in late November through his attorney, Walter F. McKee of Augusta.

According to McKee’s letter to the court, at the same time a police investigation was being conducted into Douglas’ alleged conduct in his home area of Kennebec County, a concurrent investigation was undertaken in Waldo County, resulting in the defendant’s receiving “an identical charge of possession of sexually explicit materials in Waldo County.”

According to court records, McKee’s request was granted Dec. 1.

Jan. 5, Douglas and McKee appeared before Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to present formal documents that showed Douglas waived his right to have the Kennebec County side of his case heard by a Grand Jury there.

Hjelm explained to Douglas that because the charge against him in Kennebec County is a felony, he has a right to have the evidence in his case examined by independent citizens, who would then determine if the evidence is sufficient to charge him. The judge then asked Douglas if he understood that by waiving that right, he was giving up the possibility that a Grand Jury might not return an indictment, to which Douglas replied in the affirmative.

Douglas entered a not guilty plea to the charge out of Kennebec County.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said Douglas’ trial would span up to two days, and Hjelm said the court has jury selection dates scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Hjelm said he would check the court schedule to determine Douglas’ trial date.