BENNINGTON — Police say a Bennington man is accused of exposing himself to two women and making lewd comments at a third at Lake Paran in North Bennington.
Albert Mott, 76, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct and one misdemeanor count of stalking. He was released without bail under a number of conditions while the case is pending, among them that he not contact the women he's accused of exposing himself to and harassing, and to stay away from Lake Paran, Bennington College, and North Bennington Village School.
According to Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole, who investigated the case, Mott works, or worked, as a crossing guard at North Bennington Village School. Nothing Mott is accused of doing involves children or the school, Cole said.
An email sent Monday to Tim Newbold, head of the North Bennington Village School, was not returned by press time.
Cole would like anyone who has witnessed lewd behavior at Lake Paran to contact him at the Bennington Police Department.
According to an affidavit by Cole, in August a woman came to police saying a man in an "old style full brim fishing hat" has exposed himself to her while she was Lake Paran.
That conversation led police to speak to two more women, one of whom had a similar experience as that of the first, and a third who said she was riding her bicycle near the lake when a male approached her and made a sexual comment. She left and entered a nearby store, then saw him in his truck driving slowly past.
Cole said his investigation led him to Mott, whose physical appearance and vehicle all match the descriptions given by the women.
Cole said he spoke to Mott on Sept. 23 after he finished his shift as a crossing guard. Mott denied the allegations against him.
— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115