Judge increases bail for alleged child molesterBy ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | January 09,2013WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield man who is now facing charges that he sexually abused eight young girls in recent years had his bail increased by another $10,000 on Monday after police discovered he had moved to Westminster without getting permission.
Anthony Chase, 33, was arrested Friday and spent the weekend in jail after Springfield Police Officer Matthew Wilson went to the residence where Chase had last reported he was living on Main Street to see whether Chase was in compliance with a court-ordered 24-hour curfew that was a key condition of his pre-trial release.
After Wilson determined that Chase was in fact no longer living in Springfield, Vermont State Police troopers tracked Chase down in Westminster and arrested him without incident later Friday afternoon.
During his court appearance in White River Junction on Monday, Chase was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of violating his conditions of release, the second such charge he has picked up in less than a month’s time for not living where the court thought he was, and he was also arraigned on another felony charge for allegedly molesting what would be his eighth child victim.
The latest charge came as the result of an interview that was conducted by detectives in November with a 10-year-old girl who said that she had been staying with her mother at a campground in central Vermont when “Tony” had touched her inappropriately on several occasions when her mother had stepped outside to smoke cigarettes. The girl, who was crying during the interview, told investigators that Chase had allegedly told her not to tell anyone what he was doing.
During Chase’s hearing Monday, a defense attorney rattled off a long list of relations that Chase has in Vermont and suggested that, and his lack of any previous criminal history, made him unlikely to flee the area.
Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney David Cahill argued that it was those very ties to relatives and friends that Chase allegedly used to gain access to several of his alleged victims. Cahill suggested that Chase is now “couch surfing” and he pointed to the lack of any supporters for Chase in the courtroom on Monday as he asked Judge Robert Gerety to hold him without bail until his trial, noting that Chase now faces a potential “triple digit sentence” if he were to be convicted.
After a technical discussion of a recent decision by the Vermont Supreme Court, which narrowed the range of reasons that a defendant can be held without bail in Vermont, Judge Gerety decided instead to impose an additional $10,000 in bail upon Chase, stating from the bench, “the preponderance of the evidence is that the defendant has no place to live and no stable residence.”MORE IN Southern Vermont
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1843, British Naval officer GEORGE LORD PAULET obtains provisional cession of Hawaiian Islands; 1866, miners claim Calaveras skull found found in goldmine is remains of 5 million-year-old Pliocene man.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown