Mistrial declared in sexual assault case

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BENNINGTON — The trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a child decades ago in Bennington County ended in a hung jury on Wednesday, attorneys involved in the case confirmed.

Robert Caron, Sr., 70, was arrested last summer after the alleged victim, now an adult, contacted Bennington police, according to court documents, which say the criminal conduct occurred in Pownal sometime between November 1987 and 1996, when the victim was under the age of 13.

The prosecutor handling the case, Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke, declined to speculate on the reason for the outcome and said a decision on whether to retry the case has not yet been made. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine.

Caron's attorney, Jonathan Ward, said the trial was "tough for everyone involved" and expressed hope for a speedy resolution of the case. Caron remains incarcerated and is awaiting the scheduling of a bail review hearing, said Ward, who has filed a motion seeking to move his client to home detention.

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