BENNINGTON -- A registered sex offender is facing charges of lewd conduct and stalking after a woman accused him of having unwanted sexual contact with her on multiple occasions.
Anthony J. Kirkpatrick, 37, of North Adams, Mass., pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to three felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, and one misdemeanor charge of stalking. He was placed under $5,000 bail and is being held at the Rutland jail. He is not allowed contact with the complaining witness.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on Oct. 10 he spoke to a woman who said Kirkpatrick had sexual contact with her, despite being told it was unwelcome, on three occasions while she was at her friends' house.
Kirkpatrick was living with those friends at the time.
She said the first incident involved him sitting on top of her while she was in a chair and rubbing himself against her. The second time, she was on a bed when Kirkpatrick did the same thing, only he touched her buttocks as well. On the third incident, he touched her breasts and put a potato chip clip on the front of her pants.
He made sexual comments to her as well, and she was afraid of him because of his status as a sex offender.
According to Silvestro, the woman's friends corroborated her statements.
At some point, Kirkpatrick moved out of the house and went to Massachusetts. According to his friends, this was because he felt he would soon be arrested.
Kirkpatrick met with Silvestro on Nov. 5. He admitted to straddling the woman, touching her buttocks, and making sexual comments. He denied touching her breasts and said he put the chip clip on her shirt. He told police he moved because he feared being charged for touching the woman's buttocks.
Kirkpatrick was convicted of sexual assault-no consent in 1997.
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