Bennington man, 18, accused of groping 16-year-old

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BENNINGTON — A Bennington man is accused of groping a 16-year-old girl.

Dominic Frost, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct. He was released under conditions, among them he not contact the alleged victim and not have any contact with females under 18 except for a certain relative.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on April 4 he learned that a student at Mount Anthony Union High School had reported to Dean of Students, David Beriau, that Frost had touched her in a sexual manner.

The girl met with Silvestro and Department of Children and Families Investigator, Wendy Nolan, at the Child Advocacy Center. The girl said that on March 31, Frost contacted her via Facebook and asked to meet. She went to his house and from there they went to the "Hippie Trail," near North Street. There, he indicated that he wanted a sexual relationship with her. She told him no. He then pushed her off the rock she was sitting on and began touching her buttocks and breasts. She got up and left.

He later sent her a message through Facebook apologizing.

The girl said she later told a few friends about what had happened.

Police spoke to Frost, who denied he touched the girl inappropriately. He said they met and went for a walk along the trail, but there was no touching. The apology he sent was in regards to a hug he had given her at another time.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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