BRATTLEBORO, Vt. - Three men accused of sexually assaulting a minor all pleaded not guilty in court late last week.
According to a press release from the Wilmington Police Department, at just past 3 a.m., on Tuesday, July 23, the Vermont State Police received a 911 phone call placed by the alleged victim from the Wardsboro Highway Department building after she broke in.
When rescue personnel arrived, she told first responders she had been sexually assaulted in Wilmington by three males. She was interviewed at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by troopers, after which a joint investigation was initiated by the Vermont State Police and the Wilmington Police Department.
According to court documents, police learned the minor had been brought to the Main Street residence of Dennis Pike Jr. in Wilmington, where she was given alcohol and allegedly assaulted by Pike, 26, Codie Johnson, 20, of Jacksonville, and Jonathan Deblois, 21, of Readsboro.
According to documents filed by Wilmington Police Department Det. Mark Denault, the alleged victim made arrangements to meet with Deblois through Facebook. Deblois took the alleged victim to Pike's apartment where he had sex with her, wrote the detective, after which she, Deblois and Pike left to purchase alcohol. They drank at Johnson's house before returning to Wilmington, where Deblois had sex with the alleged victim a second time, stated the court documents.
At one point, the alleged victim told police, she was handcuffed to the bed and the three men "took turns with her."
During the investigation, Denault spoke with Deblois, who told him he had previously met the alleged victim on July 18, when she told him she was 18 years old. Following that initial meeting, they had sex, said Deblois. He admitted to having sex with the alleged victim again on July 22, at which time they drank alcohol. Deblois told Denault that the girl asked him to invite Pike and Johnson to have sex with her.
In an affidavit filed by VSP Det. Sgt. Frank LaBombard, Johnson admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages with the alleged victim. He also admitted to having sex with her, but told police Deblois told him she was 18. After having sex with her, Johnson told police "he felt awkward" and left the room. The alleged victim then had sex with Pike, but then she began to argue with Deblois and Pike, stated Johnson. During the argument, she told the three men that she was in fact, not 18 years old. Johnson also told police that pictures were taken of the girl while naked and possibly while having sex.
In an affidavit filed by State Police Det. Trooper Tyson Kinney, Pike also admitted to having sex with the alleged victim.
After the argument in which the alleged victim told the men her actual age, she was driven to Wardsboro State Park, where she was left. Upon returning to his residence in Wilmington, Pike attempted to dispose of evidence of the sexual encounters, which included condom wrappers, the handcuffs and a mattress pad, according to police.
While in Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division, last Friday afternoon, Johnson was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a alleged victim less than 16 years old, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of enabling the consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was released on an unsecured surety bond of $5,000.
Pike was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a alleged victim less than 16 years old, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was released after 10 percent of a $10,000 bond was posted on his behalf.
Deblois was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a alleged victim less than 16 years old, two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He was released on an unsecured surety bond of $10,000.
All three men, or their attorneys, will appear in court next month for scheduling conferences. If convicted, the three defendants could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.