Violations send convicted sex offender back to jail

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BRATTLEBORO — A local man convicted of sex crimes is heading back to jail after admitting to violating terms of his probation.

Jonathan Bundy, 22, of Brattleboro, entered a plea agreement in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Wednesday. He was re-sentenced to serve 19 months in prison then 14 months on probation and was given credit for a month he had already spent in jail.

In September, Bundy had been sentenced to eight to 10 years of probation with 21 days in prison. He had been convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one count of contributing juvenile delinquency related to providing a minor with marijuana.

In 2015, a 13-year old had told investigators that she had sex with Bundy, who was 20 at the time. The Brattleboro Police Department looked at the victim's Facebook account and found evidence Bundy was "soliciting, involved in dating the victim and drug activity," according to an affidavit filed by Probation Officer Philip Damone.

Bundy violated terms of his community-based sex offender treatment by having contact with a minor female, court documents stated. In December, he did not report to his probation officer as directed. In March, he tested positive for marijuana. He also violated conditions involving the use of electronic devices.

Bundy was incarcerated at Southern State Correctional Facility before his re-sentencing, where a recommendation from the Department of Corrections was taken into account.

"Due to the fact that Mr. Bundy has been terminated from community-based sex offender treatment, he should be required to complete the prison program prior to his release," Damone wrote to attorneys. "If incarcerated, Bundy will be referred to the Department of Corrections Level B moderate-intensity incarcerated treatment program at Northwest State Correctional Facility. A sentence of 14 months or more after applying credit for time served prior to sentencing is required for eligibility."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.

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