Bennington man sentenced to five to 15 years for sex assault
An earlier version of this story had the defendant's sentence wrong. It has been updated to reflect the accurate information.
BENNINGTON -- A man convicted in May of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl and supplying her with alcohol and marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to serve between 15 years and the rest of his life in jail.
Jay C. Allard, 55, was found guilty by a jury of three felony counts of lewd and lascivious contact with a child, sexual assault, and misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In 2011, the then 15-year-old girl told police that Allard had sexual contact with her on different occasions when she visited his house. She went there because he supplied her with alcohol and marijuana, she said.
Police became aware of the matter from the girl's counselor, but she did not give a statement to police for another two weeks after the initial disclosure. At the trial, the state argued the girl's testimony was constant while Allard was evasive and his statements on the stand conflicted with what he told police. Allard's attorney, Lamar Enzor, said it had been two years between those statements and the trial, and he countered the state's argument that the girl had no reason to lie by suggesting she would if she were in trouble over the marijuana and alcohol.
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