ELLSWORTH — A judge Aug. 7 sentenced a former Deer Isle-Stonington High School teacher and coach to 364 days in prison for having sexual contact with two students.
Justice Bruce C. Mallonee also ordered Izaak J. Bolduc, 26, of Blue Hill to serve two years of probation upon his release.
Bolduc also must comply with the requirements of the Maine Sex Offender Registry Act for 10 years. That includes keeping law enforcement informed of where he is residing at all times.
The 364-day sentence was part of a plea arrangement negotiated between Deputy District Attorney Toff Toffolon and Bolduc’s attorney, William Ashe of Ellsworth.
At the sentencing hearing, Bolduc pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual touching.
The victims were ages 17 and 18, according to Toffolon. Bolduc was 25 when Maine State Police Detective Greg Mitchell arrested him last May.
“He was a teacher and these were consensual though illegal contacts,” Toffolon said. There was “skin to skin contact” at least four times at the school with one victim and contact with a second victim was “of a roughly similar nature,” the prosecutor said.
The two victims did not attend the sentencing but Toffolon said they were satisfied with the resolution and the ability to avoid a trial.
Ashe told the judge that his client “confessed immediately.”
“He made a mistake in judgment,” said Ashe. “Outside of the context of teacher/student it would not be illegal conduct.”
The age of consent in Maine is 16.
Mallonee spoke to Bolduc briefly during the hearing.
“I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know,” Mallonee said.
“You weren’t very old but this status makes all the difference,” Mallonee said. “Who knows if they would have found you attractive at all if you hadn’t had the status you had.”
Adolescence can be a time of confusion, the judge said. “Consent really is immaterial. The court views this as very, very serious conduct. I wish you well.”
Bolduc did not address the court. His parents and sister attended the hearing and the judge thanked them for doing so.
Superintendent Christian Elkington said “on behalf of the Deer Isle-Stonington School District our thoughts are with our student victims and their families.
“Mr. Bolduc’s actions, leading to the crimes he pled guilty for taking part in, disparage the hard-working, dedicated efforts of the many fine professionals in our schools,” Elkington said. “We hope that our students will be able to recover and move forward from the actions Mr. Bolduc has pled guilty to.”