GMC student accused of battery, sex assaultBy Josh O’Gorman
staff writer | February 06,2013A Green Mountain College student was held on $150,000 bail Tuesday after denying charges he beat and sexually assaulted a fellow student.
Arthur B. Field, 22, of Warwick, N.Y., pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to repeated aggravated sexual assault, a charge that carries a possible life sentence.
Field entered court after posting the $25,000 bail imposed upon his arrest Monday.
Deputy State’s Attorney Kevin Klamm had asked Judge William Cohen to set Field’s bail at $250,000.
“Your honor, Mr. Fields, aside from his education location of Green Mountain College, has no contacts in the state,” said Klamm, who also requested conditions barring Field from Green Mountain College.
“These conditions of release are designed to set him up to fail,” said Field’s attorney Steven J. Howard, noting his client lives on campus. “He has not received any communication that he’s not welcome back at Green Mountain College.”
According to affidavits filed with the court, over a six-hour period beginning in the early-morning hours of Jan. 26, Field repeatedly punched, choked and sexually assaulted a female student in Field’s dormitory room in Cree Hall.
Judge Cohen ordered Field to not contact his alleged victim, but stopped short of barring him from campus.
“The court will defer to Green Mountain College as to whether the defendant will be allowed to reside there,” Cohen said.
By Tuesday evening, the college had made its decision.
“Arthur Field was enrolled at Green Mountain College,” GMC Director of Communications Kevin Coburn wrote in an email. “He is being placed on interim suspension today based on the felony charges being brought against him. We have no further comment on the incident at this time.”
Field left the courtroom in handcuffs and remains incarcerated in Rutland jail.
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