SPRINGFIELD, MO. >> Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, reported that a Brattleboro, Vt., man was charged in federal court Monday, March 21, with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child at Fort Leonard Wood, in Missouri.

Paul Kickery, Sr., 66, of Brattleboro, formerly of Fort Leonard Wood, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, with the aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the victim's father contacted the Brattleboro Police Department to report that his daughter had been sexually assaulted by Kickery over the course of approximately a year. During the time of the sexual assaults, between July 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014, both Kickery and the then-6-year-old victim were residing at Fort Leonard Wood. The child victim disclosed the abuse to a family member about a year later.

Dickinson noted that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the FBI and the Brattleboro Police Department.