BANGOR – In light of recent news of John Bapst Teacher Jeremiah Gorman’s recent death and investigation of inappropriate contact online with a student, it has come to the attention of The Bangor Police Department that money is missing from The Student Senate.
(Updated info) On Tuesday afternoon, Head of School Mel MacKay spoke with students at an assembly.
According to an e-mail sent to parents of students, McKay’s address included “Our next job now turns to trying to understand at a deeper level what a shocking situation like this means and how to handle it. How could someone who was admired also have been the person we are reading about? Several students said to me yesterday that Mr. Gorman was a good teacher, was kind to them, and gave good advice. But we now know that to others he was untrustworthy, and he was guilty of online crimes that could have put him in jail for many years. He stole money from Student Senate. He put himself in a trusted position with students rather than steer them toward professional help. Maybe you can understand better why all of the personal effects from room 203 and the name outside room 203 have been removed. Mr. Gorman betrayed the professional trust of every colleague of his in this room. When I first spoke with the police, they asked if I thought any teacher here might do this. Through his online activity, Mr. Gorman brought suspicion on others, which is a terrible thing to do. He betrayed the trust students had in him, and he must have known this. He left a suicide note, but the police have not shared the contents of that note with me.”
“The Bangor Police Department is actively involved in following up on leads and information in regard to the recently discovered theft of funds from the Student Senate of John Bapst Memorial High School. We will continue to work with school officials to bring closure to this issue.” “Computers and other digital media obtained during this investigation are still being examined and we will have no further comment in regard to those items.” – Sgt. Tim Cotton, Bangor Police Department
News of Jeremiah Gorman’s death has shaken the community. Many are still in shock to learn that he has been identified as the person believed to be communicating with a 16 year old female student at John Bapst Memorial High school.
Police are investigating the death of a John Bapst high teacher found dead in a Bangor motel room Saturday night. That same man was also under investigation on child pornography charges that stemmed from alleged inappropriate online contact with a student. On Friday, investigators searched and seized items from his Bangor home that included a laptop, a thumbdrive and a go pro camera, along with other materials from inside his classroom at the high school.
Just a day later he was found at the motel. Court documents alleged that Gorman and the girl were both members of a site called Whisper. She claimed a man under the name ‘Teacher’ discussed recent events at school. Eventually, he asked for nude pictures which she sent.
The sheriff’s department says Gorman used several other aliases. Authorities were first alerted about the communications from the girl’s mother on March 9th. Police took control of her phone that same day. On March 11th law enforcement notified school officials that an investigation had begun.
On March 13th, a grand jury subpoena to Mid-Maine and Fairpoint communications connected IP addresses to Snapchat and Whisper that showed dates and times Gorman was active at his home on Blackstone Street in Bangor.