BELLOWS FALLS — A 16-year-old female was allegedly forced to have non-consensual sex with an 18-year-old male inside the high school.
Jamie Deitz, 18, of Westminster, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 12, at his residence by investigators from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Deitz was transported to the Westminster Barracks and processed before he was released on conditions and issued a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court on Oct. 25 at 8 a.m., where he will face two counts of sexual assault. Each count is punishable by not less than three years of imprisonment.
"Last week school administration was informed by the Vermont State Police and the Department of Children and Families of an ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred after hours at the Bellows Falls Union High School," stated an email sent to the media from Christopher Kibbe, superintendent of Windham Northeast Supervisory Union. "We have cooperated fully with their investigation while moving promptly to assure the safety of the students and staff at the school."
According to a press release from the State Police, on Sept. 6, investigators were contacted by the victim of an alleged sexual assault. It was reported to State Police that the 16-year-old had been forced to have non-consensual sex with Deitz after school hours inside the BFUHS building, on two separate occasions, one occasion being Sept. 6 and the other approximately a week before.
"While we know that the community will be understandably concerned about the incident, we want to emphasize that steps were taken immediately to keep all students safe," said Kibbe. "In addition, we want to state that the alleged victim is a minor and we hope that this person's right to confidentiality will be respected by all during this difficult time."
Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 275.
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