North Adams man accused of sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Bennington


NORTH ADAMS -- A North Adams man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Bennington, Vt., is being held without bail as he awaits transfer to Vermont.

Jesse LaFountain, 24, was arrested at an Eagle Street apartment early Wednesday by North Adams Police, who were acting on a request by Bennington Police, according to North Adams Police.

On May 8, the Vermont Department for Children and Families notified police that a 14-year-old girl had disclosed being sexually assaulted numerous times by LaFountain when she was 11, according to an affidavit by Bennington Detective Anthony Silvestro,

The girl told police that LaFountain also punched her in the stomach because he thought she was pregnant.

LaFountain told police that he thought the girl might have had a crush on him, but he didn't remember any sexual activity.

The Bennington County state Attorney's Office has filed charges of aggravated sexual assault on a victim under 13, aggravated repeated sexual assault and repeated aggravated sexual assault of a child against LaFountain.

Judge Nancy Corsones found probable cause on the charges Tuesday and issued a warrant for his arrest. LaFountain has no criminal history in Vermont.

LaFountain waived rendition on Wednesday in Northern Berkshire District Court and is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court at a later date.


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