NORTH BENNINGTON >> A North Bennington man is being accused of aggravated domestic assault and repeated aggravated sexual assault, as well as violation of conditions of release and violation of an abuse prevention order.
Manix Treasure, 36, of North Bennington was taken into custody on Aug. 9, after a woman Treasure is acquainted with reported to officers that he had physically and sexually abused her. The woman told police that at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, Treasure entered her bedroom, where she was sleeping, where he began insulting her and pressed his right thumb over her windpipe so that she could not breathe. The woman reported that her airway was blocked for approximately one minute, and that she thought he was going to kill her. She said he then began hitting her while pushing her back onto the bed.
Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thomson said that the woman had visible signs of injury, including bruising on her face, neck, arms, stomach, chest, and right leg. The woman described her level of pain on a scale of one to 10 as being a 10, and said that she was scared to close her eyes after Treasure left. The woman then spoke with Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro and described at least three instances of sexual assault allegedly perpetrated against her by Treasure, beginning in approximately April with the most recent occurring on Aug. 7.
Treasure was released on conditions that he not contact the woman and that he appear in court on Aug. 10 to answer to the charges. The woman also applied for an abuse prevention order, which was issued to Treasure on Aug. 9. This was the second time that such an order had been issued, the first being on April 19 of this year. That order had expired, as the woman did not appear in court to have it extended.
On Aug. 9, the woman contacted police again, saying that Treasure had contacted her, in violation of his conditions and the abuse prevention order. According to the woman, she received a call from her aunt, who said that she was at Kevin's restaurant, and that Treasure was there with her. Treasure's voice then came over the line, asking if he could return to her residence and promising that it would not happen again. After, BPD Officer Michael Pierce located Treasure at Paulin's gas station, where Treasure admitted that he had spoken with the woman.
After that incident, Treasure was released on $2,500 bail, with the existing conditions of release. He does not have a prior criminal history in the state of Vermont.
— Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.