A Bucksport man who is a former elementary school teacher in Belfast is being held on $10,000 cash bail after police arrested him on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor Aug. 7.

William Meier, 55, has also been charged with possession of sexually explicit material, said Bucksport Deputy Police Chief David Winchester.

“We began an investigation into him in early June that resulted in his arrest on the 7th of this month,” Winchester said. “As a result of the investigation, we conducted a search warrant at his residence in June and collected electronic devices that have been and are being reviewed by Maine Computer Crimes in Vassalboro.”

Sexual exploitation of a minor involves asking a person of a certain age to commit a sexual act knowing or intending the conduct will be photographed, according to a copy of the Maine Criminal Statute.

Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster said Meier’s bail conditions include no contact with anyone under age 16 and no use of the internet.

“The investigation is still ongoing and further charges are possible,” Winchester said.

Meier was employed by Regional School Unit 71 for over 11 years, according to his LinkedIn profile, initially as a substitute teacher, and, most recently as third grade teacher at Capt. Albert Stevens School in Belfast. He states on LinkedIn that he was employed by the RSU from September 2008 to November 2019.

Meier listed his most recent employment as residential counselor at Penobscot County Job Corps from November 2019 to the present.

The Ellsworth American could not reach a representative of the Job Corps for comment before press time.

The Republican Journal contacted Capt. Albert Stevens Principal Glen Widmer, who declined to comment.

In a conversation with The Journal Wednesday, Aug. 19, RSU 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean said Meier started working as a third grade teacher at Capt. Albert Stevens School in 2016 and was in his third probationary year when he resigned in 2019.

“We never had any complaints from students or teachers,” McLean said. “He was actually quite popular.”

When asked if Meier had been a substitute teacher in the district prior to starting at CASS, McLean said she would have to look at employee records, as that would have been before she started as superintendent in 2016.

A fellow substitute teacher in the district remembered Meier also working in RSU 71 as a sub prior to 2016.

Fran Gonzalez contributed reporting to this story.