ROCKLAND, Maine — The sentencing of a Rockport man convicted in June of sexually assaulting a young girl over three years has been postponed for another week.
Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed to a defense request to postpone the sentencing as well as a hearing on a request for a new trial for Erik L. Vultee, 45, of Rockport until Thursday.
The postponement occurred as 30 people packed the Knox County Superior Court and waited a half-hour, while both defense attorney Steven Peterson and District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau repeatedly went into Hjelm’s office.
Hjelm said that the defense needed more time to prepare for the hearings next week.
Vultee was convicted June 18 of 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact, as well as single counts of attempted gross sexual assault, visual aggression against a child, sexual misconduct with a child and unlawful sexual touching.
Vultee is being held at the Knox County Jail pending the hearings.
He faces up to 30 years in prison.
According to Rushlau during the trial, the offenses occurred from 2009 through 2011 at Vultee’s home, where Vultee was watching the child for the girl’s mother. The girl, who was 8 when she said the assaults started, reported the abuse in 2012 to a family friend.