Man denied bail for violating conditions of probation

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BRATTLEBORO -- A Worcester man who tried to arrange a meeting in Brattleboro to have sex with a 14-year-old girl was in court again Tuesday for violating the conditions of his probation. He was ordered held without bail.

Travis Papineau was tried in Brattleboro in 2008 and was found guilty of attempting to lure a minor and possessing child pornography.

He was on furlough Oct. 20 when he was spotted by local law enforcement using a computer at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Police found that he was having communication of an allegedly sexual nature with people online.

According to a report by the commissioner of corrections, Papineau admitted that day that he continues to struggle with his issues of being attracted to female minors as well as a bondage fetish.

Papineau was arrested in March of 2007 after Detective Erik Johnson posed as a 14-year-old girl from Brattleboro on a chat room and Papineau asked if he could pay "her" for photos.

The conversation progressed to them making plans to meet, and Papineau was taken into custody in Brattleboro while trying to follow through with those arrangements.

It was found that Papineau had duct tape in his car, which he planned to use for "bondage," as well as a camera and a variety of alcohol.

Brattleboro Police later obtained a warrant for Papineau’s laptop computer and found 66 images of child pornography on it.

Papineau was sentenced in February 2008 to three to four years in prison, all suspended except for six months and six days.

Since that time, Papineau has been charged with driving while intoxicated with a suspended license, but he was not charged with any crimes of a sexual nature until this month.

According to the report regarding the incident at the library, Papineau had two minimized screens from Yahoo Messenger, a program that allows people to "chat" with each other utilizing screen names as identifiers, when he was approached by a police officer.

"I was able to see several of the screen names on his chat page, which included "abductor_jilian" and "bondagetoy," said the report.

When asked what he was doing, Papineau said "nothing I should be doing," stated the report.

He admitted that one of his chat companions had sent him pornography.

William Fink, Papineau’s therapist, said that Papineau’s Internet activities were a clear violation of his treatment plan and that he was concerned that Papineau had not been disclosing this type of behavior.

The librarian stated that Papineau had been in the library frequently and that he has been monopolizing the computer several times a day in violation of the library’s own policies.

Papineau had been logged in on using two different screen names, "t_j_1420" and "tylerlaw36," the report said, and it goes on to say that some of the screen names he was allegedly chatting with were advertising that they were willing to trade pictures and videos.

He allegedly admitted to chatting with a woman in Indiana and said that he had paid her money to make him pornographic videos. He said the woman is 25 years old.

When asked to describe what his most pressing issues are, Papineau allegedly replied, "the fact that I have been incredibly dishonest and manipulative about this stuff. I haven’t addressed my problem with pornography with Billy (Fink.)"

Papineau has a violation of parole merits hearing scheduled for Dec. 14 at Windham District Court.

Jaime Cone can be reached at jcone@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.


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