Trial to begin for man accused of sex crimes

By Juliette Laaka | Jun 06, 2014

Rockland — The trial for a 44-year-old Rockport man indicted for sex crimes against a minor female victim is slated to begin June 16.

Erik Vultee, charged with gross sexual assault, visual aggression against a child, sexual misconduct with a child and unlawful sexual touching, is scheduled to appear in court for a three-day trial.

A jury was selected June 9.

In December, jury selection could not render a panel, and the case was continued. A jury could not be picked for the Vultee case as the pool was exhausted due to selection for another sexual assault case, according to court papers filed by Vultee's attorneys.

Jury selection for both cases was scheduled on the same day.

The Maine State Police affidavit said Vultee’s relationship with the female victim persisted for more than two years while she was between ages 8 and 10. Vultee was indicted in February 2013.

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.

Vultee is represented by Rockport attorney Steven Peterson and R. Bradford Bailey of Boston, Mass.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@couierpublicationsllc.com.

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