BRATTLEBORO -- Two men have received probationary sentences in exchange for guilty pleas in unrelated sex cases.
Travis Sargent of Claremont, N.H., and Raymond L. Damon-Boucher of Chester have pleaded guilty to prohibited acts in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division. Both men were sentenced to suspended prison terms as part of their plea agreements, meaning they can stay out of prison if they comply with the terms of their probation. Both also have been ordered to undergo sex-offender treatment.
Sargent, 27, had been charged in July with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct after Brattleboro police received a report of a woman who claimed she had been sexually assaulted.
The Reformer does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The victim told police she had met Sargent online the week prior and had arranged to meet him in Brattleboro. When they met, Sargent began to kiss the victim, who "told Sargent she did not want to participate in that kind of conduct because she did not want it to go anywhere," a police affidavit says.
Later, Sargent again made advances that the victim unsuccessfully tried to fend off, investigators said. The woman "said she tried to physically push Sargent off of her body while she told him to stop, but he applied his weight to her and she could not move him," the affidavit says.
In an interview with police several days later, Sargent acknowledged sexual contact but claimed it was consensual. However, he also admitted that the victim had told him to stop and had complained of pain, court documents say.
Sargent pleaded guilty this week to three amended counts of prohibited acts. As part of the plea agreement, the Windham County State's Attorney's Office dismissed the sexual assault and lewd and lascivious counts. Sargent was sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 16 months, but that time is suspended in favor of three years of probation.
In an unrelated case, Damon-Boucher pleaded guilty to one count of prohibited acts in connection with a case initiated last year by Vermont State Police in Rockingham.
At the time, the defendant was living in Saxtons River. Police said a young girl disclosed that she had been the victim of lewd conduct when she was alone with Damon-Boucher. She later told investigators that Damon-Boucher "told her not to tell anyone about what happened," a police affidavit says.
Damon-Boucher, 59, was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in June. In pleading guilty this week to a lesser count, he signed a stipulation of facts acknowledging that the victim touched him and he did not stop the contact right away.
Damon-Boucher was sentenced to a nine- to 12-month prison term, but that time is suspended in favor of four years of probation.
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