Accused sex offender's trial continued to JulyJury selection formerly set for March
Rockland — A 44-year-old Rockport man accused of having sex with a minor will go to trial in July after jury selection could not render a panel in December.
Erik L. Vultee was indicted in February 2013 for one count of gross sexual assault, one count of visual sexual aggression against a child, one count of sexual misconduct with a child and one count of unlawful sexual touching.
In December 2013, a jury could not be picked for the Vultee case as the jury pool was exhausted due to selection for another sexual assault case, according to the motion.
Jury selection for both cases was scheduled on the same day.
A second jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday, March 3 for a March 10 trial date, but a motion filed Feb. 26 to continue the case until July was granted.
The reason for the continuance, explained by defense attorneys R.Bradford Bailey of Boston and Steven Peterson of Rockport, is Bailey is committed to arguing another case during the same time. Both lawyers were also under the impression the case would not be heard until April or May.
The Maine State Police affidavit said that Vultee’s relationship with the female victim persisted for more than two years while she was between ages 8 and 10.
The relationship began while Vultee was the girl's babysitter, the victim's mother reported Vultee to the state police.
Maine State Police Detective Jason Andrews investigated the case, including interviews with the girl and with Vultee, after executing a searching warrant for Vultee's home. He was arrested in December 2012.
A conviction on a felony sexual charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
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