Man nets probation for lewd act at Lake Paran

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BENNINGTON — A North Bennington man who admitted to exposing himself to two woman at Lake Paran last summer has been given a suspended sentence and placed on probation.

Albert A. Mott, 77, pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Tuesday to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Judge David A. Howard accepted agreed-upon suspended sentences of one-to-three years, to be served concurrently, with three years probation.

Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett said the sentence would give enough time for Mott to be supervised. Plunkett said a psycho-sexual exam found Mott was of low risk to re-offend and that Mott is open to participating in sex offender counseling.

A woman told police last September that a man exposed himself to her and then touched himself while she was at Lake Paran a month prior, according to a court affidavit. A Bennington police detective later spoke to a second woman who described a similar experience occurring around the same time. Police also spoke to a third woman who told them that in September 2015, she was riding her bicycle near the lake when a male, later identified as Mott, approached her and made a sexual comment.

Both Plunkett and defense attorney Christopher Montgomery, representing Mott, said Mott is sincere when he said he doesn't understand why he carried out the offense.

"This behavior is totally out of the ordinary for him," Montgomery said, noting Mott had no prior criminal record. Mott, a longtime Bennington-area resident, is an honorably discharged veteran, was a longtime employee of local manufacturers, has worked as a ski instructor and volunteered as a school crossing guard, he said.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, a misdemeanor stalking charge was dismissed.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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