Man faces 2nd charge of indecent conduct

By Walter Griffin,
Posted Sept. 29, 2008, at 9:58 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — Local lawyer Peter Mason, who was found guilty of indecent conduct last week, has been charged with a second, similar offense.

Mason, 59, was convicted last Tuesday of indecent conduct during a jury-waived trial in Sagadahoc County Superior Court in Bath. He was convicted of exposing himself to a woman while he was parked at the On the Run store in Winterport on Oct. 17, 2007.

The second charge stems from an incident that allegedly took place on July 4, 2007, in Stockton Springs.

“That case has been moved with a change of venue to Sagadahoc County Superior Court and is on the October trial list,” Assistant Attorney General William Baghdoyan said Monday of the latest charge against Mason. “It’s possible that case will be settled at the same time he is sentenced on the case he has already been convicted of, but that’s up in the air at this time.”

Baghdoyan said he had yet to determine what sentence he will recommend to the court. Indecent conduct is a Class E misdemeanor crime that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Baghdoyan said that in both cases it was alleged that Mason exposed his genitals to women in public places.

“The allegations are of flashing another woman,” he said of the July 4 incident.

Baghdoyan said the earlier case came to light during the investigation into the crime Mason was just convicted of committing. Mason’s recent trial was heard over the course of two days by Justice Andrew Morton, who heard testimony from Mason, the victim and investigating officers from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department.

Rockport attorney Steven C. Peterson represented Mason. Because of Mason’s extensive professional dealings with the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office, prosecution of the case was turned over to the Attorney General’s Office and Baghdoyan was assigned the case.

Baghdoyan said both victims had submitted complaints to the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar against Mason, and indicated that both women “have been present or former clients of his.”

Baghdoyan said the board would not take up the complaints until after Mason’s sentencing and the resolution of the other charge. Baghdoyan said the board could impose a number of possible sanctions, including informal reprimand, formal reprimand, suspension or disbarment.

“Some sort of suspension or public reprimand is likely,” he said.

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