Bennington man found not guilty of child sexual assault

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BENNINGTON — A year after being charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl, a Bennington man was acquitted of all his charges at trial on Thursday.

A Bennington County jury found Michael Bowen, 40, not guilty of aggravated repeated sexual assault on a child, attempted sexual assault with no consent, as well as lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

Authorities alleged that in the summer of 2016, Bowen repeatedly sexually assaulted the teenage girl, whom he knew. Bowen maintained his innocence since being charged in March 2018, a month after the girl first reported the alleged incidents in Bennington.

The verdict came on the second day of a trial in which Superior Court Judge William Cohen presided. Bennington County Deputy State's Attorney Alex Burke prosecuted the case; Frederick Bragdon, of the Public Defender's Office, represented Bowen.

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