Woman faces felony sex assault chargeBy ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | March 04,2013WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A 23-year-old Springfield woman who allegedly told a 14-year-old boy that “age is just a number” before having sex with him at her apartment during an alcohol and drug-fueled weekend of partying is now facing a felony sexual assault charge.
Analiese Burge pleaded innocent Thursday to a single count of sexual assault on a victim under the age of 16 before she was released on a series of pretrial conditions, including a court-ordered prohibition on having any contact whatsoever with anyone under the age of 18.
Burge faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a lifetime of registration as a sex offender if she is convicted of the charge now pending against her.
Springfield Police Officer Anthony Moriglioni wrote that his department was contacted by the boy’s mother earlier this month after she learned that two of her sons had spent the weekend at Burge’s residence unbeknownst to her because, she said, they had lied to her about their destination.
When interviewed by detectives, both the alleged victim and his brother acknowledged sneaking over to Burge’s apartment where they said they “hung out ... drank shots of whiskey ... (and were) smoking marijuana from a bong,” according to Moriglioni’s affidavit.
The alleged victim told police he thought “Burge was making moves on him throughout the evening while they were drinking” and that once he was “tired and drunk” she allegedly proceeded to undress him and have sex with him as his brother slept nearby.
Burge asked to have sex with him the next night, the boy told investigators, but he said he declined and continued to drink instead.
Moriglioni wrote that when he interviewed Burge about the allegations she initially told him the boys had been at her house playing rummy and other card games and watching movies and she thought the brother in question was 16, but Moriglioni said under questioning she allegedly confessed to being aware of his actual age and acknowledged both the drinking and the sexual encounter.MORE IN Southern Vermont
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