Woman accuses man of lewd behaviorOctober 03,2013Woman accuses man
of lewd behavior
BENNINGTON — A local man with an extensive criminal record is being held without bail after he was accused of touching a 44-year-old woman in Bennington on Aug. 22.
Jason Dansby, 31, of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Sept. 26 for a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct. Dansby, who pleaded innocent to the charge, was charged as a habitual offender based on past felony convictions including sexual assault on someone younger than 16 in 2005.
In an affidavit, Detective Anthony Silvestro, of the Bennington Police Department, said he met with a woman Aug. 29 who said she knew Dansby from her church.
The woman said Dansby had kissed her on the lips at the church about a year ago but she had told him that was “not cool.”
More recently, he had contacted her and while she said she made it clear that she didn’t want to be involved with him romantically or sexually, she said he put his hands on her several times while they were at Lake Paran on Aug. 22.
Silvestro said he later learned that Dansby had left the church because he believed “all the women (in the church) wanted him sexually.”
Dansby is currently being held in the Springfield jail.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1618, English author, poet, soldier, adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for conspiring to overthrow King James I, but more likely to mollify offenses to Spain. His executioner has to implore him for silence.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1492, Italian explorer, admiral of the ocean sea, Christopher Columbus, sailing for the Spanish crown, 'discovers' Cuba; on this day in 1964, U.S. officials deny American involvement in bombing North Vietnam.
- Video: Fire engulfs house on Pine Street
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1936, Mrs. Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, mistress of King Edward VIII, is granted her second divorce, enabling her to marry the king. The government, the Church of England and the London Times have another idea.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: V-2 No. 13, launched this day in 1946 from White Sands, New Mexico, takes first photographs of Earth from the edge of the planet's outer atmosphere; 1947: Walt Disney testifies before HUAC, names employees he says are communists.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont's brand discussed at Killington, state's attorney candidates Marc Brierre and Rose Kennedy profiled, Curtis reports about Rutland police chief's new job, and four arrested, charged for heroin, crack sales.