Man sentenced to 90 days for assaulting former Maine state trooper during 2012 sex crimes trial

Posted Nov. 09, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
William Harrison
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
William Harrison

WEST BATH, Maine — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting a former Maine state trooper on trial for sex crimes in 2012.

William Harrison was found not guilty of aggravated assault but guilty of misdemeanor assault in September.

He must also pay restitution to his victim, Sagadahoc County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Saturday. The amount of the restitution was not immediately available.

Harrison assaulted former state Trooper Gregory Vrooman of Nobleboro on Aug. 12, 2012, in a Lincoln County Superior Court courtroom just as the jury was preparing to release its verdict. Harrison is related to Vrooman’s victim.

Vrooman was subsequently convicted of 12 sex crimes against a girl younger than 14 years old.

During Vrooman’s trial, Harrison threw a few punches at Vrooman before he was quickly subdued by others in the courtroom and arrested, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Michael Murphy told the Bangor Daily News at the time.

Vrooman testified at Harrison’s trial that he suffered a fractured skull, with “displacement” of the temporal bone in his skull, and multiple facial fractures, Sagadahoc County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman said in September. Vrooman did not suffer any brain damage but does suffer from some nerve damage.

Had Harrison been convicted of the Class B felony, he would have faced a maximum of 10 years in jail.The Class D misdemeanor assault conviction carries a sentence of less than one year.

was found not guilty in September of aggravated assault, but guilty of misdemeanor assault.

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