Bennington man faces sex abuse charges in two countiesBy Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | September 08,2010BENNINGTON – A Bennington man is facing multiple charges in two counties after police said he sexually assaulted a pre-teen girl in Beebe Plain and Bennington over the course of several years.
Chad D. Caron was arraigned in Bennington District Court on Sept. 1 for two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. The charges were transferred from Orleans County.
Caron was also arraigned in Bennington County on Aug. 3 on two felony counts of sexual assault on a person younger than 16 who was in his care and one felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney David Gartenstein, who is scheduled to prosecute the case, said both cases had been consolidated and were expected to be heard in Bennington County.
In an affidavit, Vermont State Police Detective Amy Borsari said she had begun investigating the case in February 2008 when she met with a girl who is now 16 but was 13 at the time.
The girl told police that Caron had touched her from the time she was 10 when she was living in Bennington. The girl said Caron was touching her over her clothes usually at night when there was no one around.
The girl said Caron eventually began to touch her under her clothes in June 2007, when she was 12, while she was living in Bennington, according to the affidavit.
The girl told Borsari that when she moved to Beebe Plain, in Orleans County, in the middle of the summer of 2007, “it started again.”
Borsari said in June she met with a girl who was a friend of the girl Caron is accused of sexually assaulting. The second girl said that her friend had told her on occasion that Caron “tried touching her.”
A second interview was also conducted with the girl in June during which she provided more details about the times Caron allegedly touched her.
Caron pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges during his arraignments in August and September. He was released without bail.
Each count of sexual assault on a person younger than 16 who was in his care carried a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Each count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child carries a maximum minimum penalty of two years in prison and a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
The case is not expected to go to trial until January.
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