BENNINGTON -- A 30-year-old man is facing a sexual assault charge after the mother of his child told police he began his sexual relationship with her seven years ago when she was 15.
Jonathan M. George, of North Branch Street, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to sexual assault of a victim under 16.
George was released and forbidden contact with the alleged victim.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on Aug. 28 he spoke to a woman who said she began having a sexual relationship with George when she was about 15 years old.
The woman said at that time, when she had been dating someone else, George left a note for her on a vehicle saying she could stay at his place and telling her that he wondered what she was wearing.
After she broke up with her boyfriend, the woman told police that she went to George's place, where he offered her alchoholic drinks.
She told police she woke up in his bed with no clothes on, and thus began a sexual relationship that lasted seven years.
The woman told police she gave birth to George's child when she was 16 and lied about whose child it was to keep George from getting into trouble. She also told police she had two other children who were fathered by George.
The woman told police she was coming forward with this information at this time because George no longer wanted to be a part of his children's lives, and that they had been apart for long enough for her to realize what he did was wrong.
She said George had claimed the first child was not his, so she had a paternity test done showing that it is.
Silvestro said he spoke to George on Sept. 26 and that their conversation was recorded, however no summary is contained within the affidavit.
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