Man going to trial on child sexual assault, voyeurism charges

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BENNINGTON — A 35-year-old man is headed to trial Tuesday on charges he abused several underage girls over a three-year period, including surreptitiously taking videos and photos of them.

Titus Peters has pleaded not guilty to a host of charges. He is facing five felony counts: repeated aggravated sexual assault on a child, second-degree unlawful restraint, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, as well as two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct.

He is charged also with three misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.

Authorities allege that between 2014 and 2017, Peters molested three Bennington girls he knew, and photographed and filmed two of them on his phone without their knowledge.

Peters is scheduled for a jury trial at the Vermont Superior Court in Bennington on Tuesday and Wednesday. He is represented by defense attorney Jonathan Ward. Deputy State's Attorney Alex Burke is prosecuting the case.

Peters' felony charges all carry potential life sentences; the penalties have been enhanced because he has three previous felony convictions in the state, according to court records.

He was convicted on two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct in 2009, for which he had to register as a sex offender, and convicted of escape in 2012. He was under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Corrections when he was arrested on his latest charges in April 2017.

He is being held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

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