News Feature

Ellsworth
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 8, 2019
Ex-DISHS teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact with students
364 days jail, 10 years on sex offender registry

Izaak Bolduc sentenced

Izaak Bolduc, right, a former teacher at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, was sentenced August 7 in Hancock Superior Court for unlawful sexual contact with students. Standing at left is his attorney, William Ashe; seated at far left is Deputy District Attorney Toff Toffolon.

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Izaak Bolduc, a former Deer Isle-Stonington High School teacher charged with four felony and four misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact for incidents involving students, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges in Hancock County Superior Court August 7. He will serve 364 days in jail and two years probation on two Class D misdemeanor counts and, on a third, received a 364 day suspended sentence and must register with the National Sex Offender Registry for a period of 10 years. The 364-day jail term is the maximum allowed under law for a Class D crime.

Judge Bruce T. Mallonee presided over the sentencing, which was a plea agreement between the district attorney’s office and William Ashe, the Ellsworth attorney representing Bolduc.

Bolduc, now 26, was first arrested May 24, 2018, charged with four counts of Class C unlawful sexual contact, and he pleaded no contest at his arraignment the next day. He was subsequently charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual touching on June 29, a result of information uncovered during investigation by Det. Greg Mitchell of Maine State Police. A grand jury indicted him on four felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact October 4, 2018.

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, and Justice Mallonee spoke to that.

“Who knows if they would have found you attractive and wanted to be with you at all if you weren’t in a position of authority,” he said. “… Students consent to encounters like that and years later, decades later, realize what happened to them. It can be like a delayed bomb going off, the realization of what was done to them and what they did.”

Neither victim was present in court but Deputy District Attorney Toff Toffolson said they “are supportive of this resolution, did not want to go through a trial, but wanted Mr. Bolduc held accountable, and it was important Mr. Bolduc spend some time on the sex offender registry.”

Bolduc did not speak in court apart from entering his guilty pleas, allowing his attorney to speak for him. “Outside of the teacher-student [relationship this] would not be illegal contact, but there’s a trust placed in teachers. He confessed immediately. He always intended to take full responsibility for this,” Ashe told Justice Mallonee. “I don’t see him being a problem with the legal system going forward. He made a mistake in judgment and is paying for it.”

Bolduc has been free on $3,000 bail. As part of his probation as a sex offender, he is required to undergo sex offender treatment.