Man pleads guilty to reduced charges in sex crime case

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BRATTLEBORO — A Westminster man accused of sexually assaulting a child over the course of three-and-a-half years pleaded guilty on Thursday to reduced charges.

Tucker Kilburn, now 29, was originally cited with one count of sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child.

The sexual assault charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison, all suspended except for 60 days on each count.

According to an affidavit filed with Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, the Brattleboro Police Department began its

investigation into Kilburn on Feb. 11, 2018. The victim told investigators that Kilburn "convinced me" to have physical contact that included a number of sex acts. The conduct occurred at the victim's mother's house in Brattleboro. At least one incident occurred inside a bathroom at Living Memorial Park.

At one point, states the affidavit, Kilburn threatened to kill the victim's pet if she told anyone about his demands upon her.

Kilburn was ordered to turn himself in to authorities at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on Feb. 21 to serve out his 60 days.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.

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