KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- An Arlington couple faces charges alleging one of them assaulted a teenager in connection with her participation in soccer games, while the other encouraged the attack.
Joy E. Bucchieri, 33, of Arlington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to misdemeanor domestic assault and interference with access to emergency services. She was released on the condition she not have contact with the alleged victim or her co-defendant, Rex Lane, 37, who pleaded not guilty to a felony count of accessory to domestic assault and was held for lack of $5,000 bail.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper James Wright, on Nov. 2 at 12:40 p.m. he went to Arlington Memorial High School at the request of a Department of Children and Families investigator to talk to a 15-year-old girl.
Wright wrote that the girl told him that on Nov. 1 Bucchieri was given papers by the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department prohibiting her from attending future high school sporting events at AMHS. The girl said Bucchieri had been loud and disruptive at a game recently and had been so before.
The girl said that after the deputy who served the papers left, Lane began yelling at her and blaming her for Bucchieri being banned from attending games. She said Lane had his face close to hers and she pushed him away because he was hurting her ears with his voice.
She told police that when Bucchieri arrived, Lane said Bucchieri should inflict violence upon her in order to teach her a lesson. The girl said she was in her bedroom, lying on her bed, when Bucchieri entered and began hitting her about the head with closed fists. She said that while this happened, Lane shouted encouragement to Bucchieri.
The girl told police she was able to kick Bucchieri off her, but Bucchieri attacked her again, pushing her down on the bed and pushing her elbows into her back. The girl said pushed Bucchieri off a second time and Lane made Bucchieri leave the room. She said the two verbally abused her for the remainder of the night.
Wright wrote that he spoke to a friend of the girl’s, who was present during the girl’s interview, who said that on Oct. 31 in Proctor, Bucchieri was at a soccer game involving AMHS. The friend said Bucchieri was slurring her words and shouting obscenities over the alleged victim not playing in the game. She said that at the game’s halfway point, Bucchieri made the girl leave the game with her.
According to Wright, he went to Lane’s home and spoke to him. Initially, Lane said he knew nothing about the incident but then said the girl had been out of control, hitting both him and Bucchieri. He said the girl was sent to her room after pushing Bucchieri to the ground. He said the girl then went and stayed with a friend in Bellows Falls.
Wright wrote that he spoke to Bucchieri, who ultimately said she did not want to talk to police but did say she no longer cared what happened to the girl and wished the state would take custody of her.