BENNINGTON -- A 25-year-old man has entered into a plea agreement that will have him serve at least 10 years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Patrick Bussacco, of Benmont Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to aggravated repeated sexual assault, and four counts of possession of child pornography.
He agreed to serve 10 years to life on the sexual assault count, and one to two years for each possession charge. Those will be served concurrently with the longer sentence.
A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered by Judge Nancy Corsones, which will determine what sex offender conditions Bussacco will be under if released. An official sentencing date has been set for Oct. 24.
The state agreed to dismiss a count of sexual assault-no consent, as well as 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
According to Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on Aug. 26 the mother of a 15-year-old girl discovered text messages on the girl’s phone between her and Bussacco. There were also nude pictures of him.
The mother said he and the girl had known each other since March.
The girl told police she had been in a sexual relationship with Bussacco since the summer of 2013, and that she and Bussacco had exchanged nude photos of each other. She also marked on her phone’s calendar each time they had a sexual encounter.
Police said Bussacco admitted to this when questioned.
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