Brattleboro man accused of sexual assault on a minor
BRATTLEBORO — A local man is facing sexual assault charges after admitting to knowing his victim was under the age of 16.
Jonathan M. Bundy, 20, of Brattleboro, is being charged with repeated aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault on a victim under the age of 16; lewd and lascivious conduct with a child; and contributing to juvenile delinquency. He was arraigned Nov. 2 at Windham Superior Court Criminal Division.
According to the Brattleboro Police Department, a 13-year-old victim claimed she had intercourse with a 20-year-old male, later identified as Bundy, after meeting him on the social media website Facebook. The victim told Bundy she was 14 years old.
The victim told investigators it was "the worst relationship ever" and that she was not allowed to speak with other men or go to downtown Brattleboro. She said she starting lying to him and broke off the relationship.
According to an affidavit, the victim said she was scared and felt like Bundy would stalk her after the break-up.
"He got her back into drugs and they would do cigarettes, marijuana and pills," the document said, referring to the victim's account of events. "The intercourse happened at his house and Memorial Park by the cabins (in late July or early August)."
The victim told investigators she didn't know what to do and claimed they had sex seven or eight times.
"She heard he also 'raped' her 14- or 15-year-old friend," the affidavit said. "Jonathan (Bundy) told her he was related to (serial killer) Ted Bundy."
The Brattleboro Police Department obtained a wire warrant to record and communicate with Bundy through Facebook, the affidavit said. Plans were made to meet up and smoke marijuana.
"I got protection and only do that if it leads to dating," Bundy said, according to police who then, posing as the victim, suggested meeting at the Brattleboro Transportation Center.
When Bundy arrived there, police said Bundy sat on a bench near the elevator. Bundy confirmed his name and was placed under arrest.
According to police, Bundy said he was meeting up the victim in order to get his bowl back. The device is used for smoking marijuana.
Bundy told police he "chilled" with the victim at Memorial Park and they smoked marijuana together. He also said he supplied her with the drug. Bundy claimed he had sex with the victim twice, according to police. He said he thought she was 15 or 16 years old.
"He told (victim) he was related to Ted Bundy as a joke," police wrote. "While they were dating, (victim) sent approximately 10 images of herself nude to his old iPhone. He later smashed this iPhone and threw it into the Connecticut River. He sent images of himself to (victim). One included a picture of his penis."
While reading Bundy the chat log from Facebook conversations, police said they pointed out that the victim told him she was 14 and he still continued to pursue the relationship.
"(Bundy) agreed," police wrote. "I specifically asked Jonathan (Bundy), while back in August, was his intent to continue to have a romantic sexual relationship with (victim) even though he thought she was 14? Jonathan (Bundy) said yes and later followed up with, 'I hate the choices I made.'"
Bundy faces no less than 10 years in jail and a maximum life term for the repeated aggravated assault, and could be fined up to $50,000. The penalty for sexual assault on a victim under the age of 16 is imprisonment for no more than 20 years and a fine under $10,000. The lewd and lascivious conduct with a child charge could see Bundy imprisoned for up to 15 years and fined up to $5,000. Contributing to juvenile delinquency carries a penalty of up to two years in jail and a fine up to $2,000.
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