AUGUSTA — Mount View Middle School Principal David A. Holinger was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 25, and charged with sexually touching a minor.

Lt. Chris Reed of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said Holinger was charged with three counts of unlawful sexual touching, a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail. Reed said Holinger has not been arraigned and is scheduled to be at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m.

Holinger posted $1,000 cash bail, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and was released with the conditions that he not have direct or indirect contact with the victim or have unsupervised contact with girls under the age of 16.

According to Holinger’s biography on the Mount View Middle School website, he began teaching in 2002 in Old Orchard Beach, later taught at Lewiston High School and was head of school at Kennebec Montessori School in Fairfield before starting at MVMS in 2019.

Charles Brown, superintendent of Regional School Unit 3, said in a prepared statement Jan. 27 that the district is conducting an investigation into the allegations and will cooperate with law enforcement. 

“The principal is on administrative leave pending the result of this investigation and has been informed that he is to have no contact with any RSU 3 students or enter RSU 3 school grounds,” Brown said.

“RSU 3 takes these allegations extremely seriously and will take all actions necessary in order to ensure that its students are safe and protected.”

Counselors are available for students and staff. Parents with questions or concerns can contact School Resource Officer Deputy Jordan Tozier at 568-4675 or the superintendent’s office at 948-6136.