June 21, 2018
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Supreme court upholds conviction of ex-trooper on sex charges

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Gregory Vrooman
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday unanimously affirmed the conviction of a former Maine State Police trooper on sex charges.

Gregory Vrooman, 47, of Nobolboro was found guilty in April 2012 by a Lincoln County jury of multiple offenses including unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual touching and assault. The victim was younger than 14 in 2009 and 2010 when she was sexually assaulted, according to the 14-page opinion written by Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley.

He was sentenced in July 2012 to five years in prison with all but 21 months suspended and four years of probation.

Vrooman’s attorney, Steven Peterson of Rockport, appealed the conviction. The justices heard oral arguments in April in the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland.

Peterson challenged Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm’s denial of a motion to suppress evidence obtained during the execution of a search warrant on Vrooman’s home computer. The attorney also contested the judge’s admission of testimony that Vrooman visited sexually suggestive websites on his home and work computers.

Efforts to reach Peterson onTuesday were unsuccessful.

Saufley found that Hjelm did not err in denying the motion to suppress nor in allowing testimony about the websites Vrooman had viewed.

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