BRATTLEBORO -- A Jamaica man faces two felony charges after police said he sexually assaulted a victim who was less than 16 years old.
Zachary J. Cheschi, 18, was arrested on a warrant this week in Jamaica after police said they initially could not locate him.
Cheschi was arraigned in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division and released on several conditions, including a strict admonition that he cannot attempt to contact the alleged victim in any way.
"You can't send a text, you can't do social media, you can't ask somebody else to talk to her for you, because any of those things could result in ... a violation of a court order," Judge John Wesley said. "And you don't want to do that, because this is a judge's order."
Wesley added that any violations also could lead to additional charges being filed against Cheschi.
"If the violation was significant enough -- serious enough -- it could result in the revocation of those conditions of release," Wesley said. "Please bear that in mind."
Vermont State Police Trooper James A. Wright said he first received a report that the victim had been sexually assaulted in May. However, the victim initially told investigators that Cheschi had not assaulted her.
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In June, however, the victim's mother contacted police to say her daughter had admitted that she and Cheschi had sex. The victim allegedly told police the same thing in a subsequent interview in Brattleboro.
The victim said Cheschi "told her not to tell anyone about having sex with him. Cheschi told her he would get in trouble because of his age," a court affidavit says.
Cheschi later was spotted drinking alcohol with the victim, court documents allege.
In an affidavit, Wright said he initially had made "numerous attempts" to find Cheschi, who "does not have a phone and is believed to be living at many different residences."
State Police from the Brattleboro barracks arrested Cheschi without incident just before 9 p.m. Tuesday in Jamaica.
The following day, he appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of sexual assault of a victim less than 16 years old and lewd/lascivious conduct with a child.
Windham County Deputy State's Attorney David Gartenstein said he would not ask the court to impose bail as long as Cheschi provided an address where he would be residing.
Gartenstein also asked that Cheschi be required to stay at that address (in Jamaica) and that he check in daily at the State Police Rockingham barracks.
Public defender Mimi Brill said Cheschi had "no problem" with those conditions. She also did not contest requirements that her client have no contact with the victim or with any female under age 16.
Brill noted that Cheschi's boss -- he works part-time for a landscaping business -- and his girlfriend's mother were among those who came to court on Wednesday.
"A number of people from the community are here to support Zach," Brill said.
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