Rockport man charged with unlawful sexual contact

By George Chappell | Dec 11, 2012

Rockland — A 43-year-old Rockport man is facing charges for having sex with a girl less than 12 years old.

Erik L. Vultee made an initial felony appearance in Sixth District Court Dec. 10 before Judge Susan Sparaco on a charge of unlawful sexual contact.

The Maine State Police affidavit said that Vultee’s relationship with the girl 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 girl’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 Dec. 7.

A conviction on a felony sexual charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

If he does post bail, he is to have no alcohol or contact with the victim or her family, according to court documents.

Vultee remains in Knox County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.

Vultee was represented in court by lawyer for a day Jeremy Pratt. The defendant plans to retain his own counsel. The judge scheduled a status conference hearing Feb. 25, 2013.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at gchappell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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