BANGOR — The Bangor High School principal is back on the job after being placed on administrative leave in August.
Principal Paul Butler was arrested in August on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
The charges have since been dismissed.
Butler pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of failing to make an oral or written report of a property damage accident.
According to Bangor Police Department records, an officer said he witnessed Butler’s truck hit a cement barrier and drive away.
Superintendent James Tager says his office hired a third party to conduct an investigation in addition to reviewing the police reports.
“Certainly was not an easy decision to make, but I think based upon the fact that the OUI was dropped and then the fleeing the scene of an accident also was dropped as well,” said Tager. “Reading our report, it appears that he had his hazard lights on as he was pulling away, which does not really match that charge.”
Tager says he views this incident as a teachable moment and has spoken with Butler about possibly sharing his experience with students as a way to educate them when he is ready.