Man sentenced for molesting child

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BENNINGTON — A local man has been given a split-sentence after pleading no contest to a lewdness charge.

Warren G. Lake, 61, was charged after a woman told authorities he molested her as a child.

At a hearing last week, Lake received a two-to-five year sentence, with two years to serve in prison and credit for the time he's served since his arraignment in February 2016.

"You have a lot to work on," Judge David A. Howard told him during a hearing in Bennington criminal court Friday. "You certainly betrayed trust and you have a lot to make up for."

The split sentence, Howard said, "is punishment, but gives you the chance to do that."

Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke said the resolution was a compromise, saying it was important for the state to not put the victim through the pressures of trial. Burke said the victim, now 19, supported the resolution.

Howard said the fact that the victim supported the resolution "played a large part in the court accepting the agreement."

Lake was charged after an 18-year-old woman told Vermont State Police last Winter that Lake sexually assaulted her a number of times when she was a child. He pleaded no contest in Vermont Superior Court in August to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Defense attorney Christopher C. Moll, representing Lake, said during Friday's hearing that the defendant was amendable to treatment. He said the resolution was appropriate given Lake's age.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, the state dismissed single felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, repeated aggravated sexual assault, and repeated aggravated sexual assault on a child.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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