BRATTLEBORO >> A man is facing up to 20 years in prison after authorities received information about an incident at his Mountain Home Trailer Park residence involving a minor.
Aaron Barcomb, 23, of Brattleboro, pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on a victim younger than 15 years old, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He was released on conditions after appearing in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old victim said she was "molested" and "touched inappropriately" by Barcomb, according to an affidavit. Barcomb told the victim "don't tell anybody, I don't want to go to jail."
When police talked with Barcomb, he said, "I don't feel good. I feel scared and I don't like the fact that I (expletive) up. But I got to (expletive) make this right."
Barcomb told police he started touching the victim's feet and legs then it "escalated from there."
"I messed up. I don't like thinking about it," Barcomb said, according to the affidavit. "I messed up and I was so stupid."
Barcomb, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, was recently hospitalized for anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to the Vermont State Police.
Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.