News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 19, 2018
Former teacher faces new sexual contact charge

by Anne Berleant

A former Deer Isle-Stonington teacher facing felony charges of unlawful sexual contact with a student had a new charge related to a different student levied against him in Hancock County Unified Court.

Izaac Bolduc, a 25-year-old Blue Hill resident, was issued a summons June 29 on a charge of unlawful sexual touching. He will be arraigned in Hancock County Unified Court on August 7.

“The original investigation revealed the potential that there was another victim, and the officer followed up at [Assistant District Attorney] Mr. Toffolon’s request,” Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster said. “As a result of that follow up, new charges were filed.”

According to court documents, between December 17, 2107 and May 1, 2018, Bolduc subjected an unidentified student to sexual touching. The charge is a misdemeanor because of the nature of the contact.

It is unlawful for a teacher or adult having disciplinary, supervisory or instructional authority in a private or public school to engage in any sexual conduct with a student.

Bolduc was in his first year as a middle school and high school physical education teacher when he was arrested on May 24 on suspicion of four felony counts of unlawful sexual contact. He was arraigned on May 25, when he pleaded “no contest” to the four charges, which is neither admission nor denial of guilt.

The new charge indicates that Bolduc allegedly engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with a student earlier than the timeline of between February 1 and May 14 stated in the first complaint.

According to memos to parents and staff from Superintendent Chris Elkington, Bolduc was no longer teaching or in the school after May 3.

Released on $3,000 cash bail May 26 to a Vermont relative, his bail conditions include not being at any school or school safe zone, no possession of firearms, no use or possession of drugs, and no contact with the alleged victim.

Bolduc’s court-appointed attorney, William Ashe of Ellsworth, and Toffolon have not discussed amendments to Bolduc’s bail, Foster said.

The complaint filed by the District Attorney’s Office on the new charge includes a request for jail.

A court conference between the defendant and/or his attorney and the district attorney’s office on the initial charges is scheduled for July 19.