Former Maine State Trooper appeals sex crime conviction

Posted Feb. 22, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.
Gregory Vrooman
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Gregory Vrooman

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has determined it will hear oral arguments in an appeal of the April 2012 conviction of former Maine State Trooper Gregory Vrooman for sexually assaulting a girl younger than 14.

Steven Peterson, Vrooman’s attorney, had filed a notice to appeal the conviction.

Peterson said Friday that the court asked for oral arguments from the prosecution and defense after each had filed briefs supporting their case.

“Usually, that’s a sign they’re interested in something about the case,” said Peterson.

In July 2012, Vrooman was sentenced to serve 21 months of a five-year sentence after he was convicted of 12 sex crimes against a girl younger than 14.

While Peterson said he has not seen court documents, he surmised that issues raised “that might have piqued their interest” include a search warrant that Peterson argued “was defective” because “It was signed by one officer but notarized as if a different officer swore to it”; and images of “young girls scantily clad” that were taken off Vrooman’s work and personal computers and logged into evidence in front of the jury but not shown to the jury, who instead heard a computer expert testify about what the images were.

Peterson said he expects to make oral arguments in April.

Assistant Attorney General Deborah Cashman, who prosecuted the case, has not received notice from the law court of oral arguments being scheduled and so had not comment, according to Kaylene Waindle, a spokeswoman for the Maine attorney general’s office.

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