BRATTLEBORO -- A registered sex offender facing a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child was released on conditions from Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division on Thursday.
Albert S. Kurtigian Sr., 61, of 272 Stickney Brook Road in Dummerston, pleaded not guilty to the felony in Judge John Wesley’s courtroom and was told to not go with 300 feet of the alleged teenage victim or make any contact with him. Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney Susan Cay argued to the court for $10,000 bail, which was denied.
She told the Reformer bail is based on a defendant’s perceived flight risk, which she thinks is high in Kurtigian’s case because he has a Post Office box listed as an address, requires disability income and has a "significant criminal history that dates back to 1975 in Massachusetts."
Cay said Kurtigian is a convicted child molester, having served a six-year prison sentence after being found guilty of child rape in 2003. She said Kurtigian’s defense argued he is not a flight risk because he properly registers as a sex offender, needs to remain at his listed address to receive his disability income and has not been convicted of a crime in 10 years.
"Obviously, I argued for bail because I thought it was warranted," Cay told the Reformer. "I expected that at least some bail would be set."
She said the next step is a scheduling conference because the charge is a felony.
According to the police affidavit, the alleged victim accused Kurtigian of touching him inappropriately in the living room of the victim’s apartment.
Joanne Baltz, Kurtigian’s public defender, could not be reached for comment.
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