Brattleboro man gets 30 years for sexually assaulting child

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A man who moved to Brattleboro from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri could spend the rest of his life in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Paul Kickery, Sr., 68, assaulted the child, then 6 years old, while they were both living on the United States Army military base at Fort Leonard Wood between 2013 and 2014.

After Kickery moved to Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Police Department was alerted to the assaults by the victim's father. When interviewed by investigators, Kickery admitted to sexually abusing the victim. Kickery also admitted to molesting a 15-year-old child in Windham County, and to viewing child pornography on the internet, mainly of children between the ages of 10 and 15.

According to the Windham County State's Attorney's Office, Kickery has been charged with lewd or lascivious conduct against a child and an arrest warrant has been issued. It is unclear at this time when Kickery will appear in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer to the charge.

During his sentencing in Missouri, Kickery received a 365-month sentence, to be served in "a facility in the northeastern part of the country," stated the press release.

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, visit "resources."

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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