BRATTLEBORO >> A Brattleboro man was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.
During a trial in March, Kai Freeman, 26, was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault on a minor, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct against a child, three counts of sexual exploitation and attempting to lure a minor, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of assignation or making an appointment for sex.
A sentencing hearing on Jan. 25 at Windham Superior Court Criminal Division lasted nearly two hours, said Deputy State's Attorney David Gartenstein. The minimum sentence for the charge involving aggravated sexual assault on a minor was 10 years in jail with life imprisonment as the maximum.
"The court is allowed to deviate downwards to five years on the minimum sentence," said Gartenstein. "But after sentencing arguments, the defendant (Freeman) was given a total of 10 years to life."
Freeman was arrested by the Brattleboro Police Department in October 2013. One alleged victim said she learned Freeman would give her an eighth of an ounce of marijuana for a sexual favor from a friend. She said she performed oral sex on Freeman in his car for the drug and three similar exchanges took place.
The case involved testimony from three alleged victims. Two were under the age of 16 at the time of the crime. Freeman was found not guilty of a count involving the sexual assault of a 16-year-old. He was found guilty of the other 10 counts. The Reformer does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.