BENNINGTON -- A Bennington man who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman was held without bail Thursday after pleading not guilty to the charges in Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division.
The case will be processed through the Bennington Division.
William Stanley, 51, was charged with sexual assault -- no consent, and lewd and lascivious conduct. A bail hearing must be scheduled within the next two weeks.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Michael Plusch, on Wednesday at 6:48 p.m. he and Officer Andy Hunt responded to the Aldi grocery store on Northside Drive because a woman had called police to say Stanley had threatened to kill her. Police met with her on Gage Street, where she told them Stanley had sexually assaulted her that morning at around 3 a.m.
She said she was sleeping on a couch at the Catamount Motel and Stanley was sitting next to her. She said she woke up to find him assaulting her and said she told him to stop and tried to push him away. She told police he resisted, then she went into a bathroom for several minutes. According to her, Stanley told her he was leaving, then returned a while later.
The woman said her boyfriend was in the room at the time but he was asleep.
She told police that later in the day she drove Stanley and her boyfriend to Aldi. She said that during the ride Stanley touched her thigh and ran his hand up her leg until she pushed him away. She said she left him at Aldi and called police.
The boyfriend told police he heard Stanley threatening the woman in the hotel and also saw Stanley put his hand in the woman’s lap as they rode to Aldi.
The woman told police Stanley threatened her and that he has a history of violent behavior. She also told them he has had sexual contact with her in the past.
Stanley was charged has a habitual offender. According to the affidavit, his last three felony convictions were related to furlough escapes.
He was charged a habitual offender in 1997 over a felony retail theft.