PORTLAND — Maine’s highest court has vacated a former Bass Harbor school teacher’s sexual assault conviction.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court posted its decision about Benjamin Hodgdon’s case on its website Thursday.
Whether Hodgdon will be tried again on the charge is up to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster. Attempts to get a comment Foster were unsuccessful.
The state supreme court said Hodgdon’s lawyer’s ineptness deprived him of an adequate defense.
In 2016, a jury convicted Hodgdon of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, and sexual abuse of a minor.
Last March, a lower court judge vacated two of those convictions.
The lawyer who argued Hodgdon’s appeal before the Maine supreme court said the court’s decision was expected.
Jeremy Pratt, a defense attorney from Camden, said Hodgdon’s case was ripe for the court to rule in his favor. He said Hodgdon has served his three-and-a-half-year sentence and currently was on probation.
Pratt said Hodgdon’s probation should end now that the convictions have been vacated.