Former area resident arrested at drop-in center on sex assault charges

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BRATTLEBORO — A former Brattleboro-area resident, most recently living in Pennsylvania, was arrested early Thursday morning at the Bellows Falls drop-in center on Vermont warrants dating back several years.

The man, Brent Mansur-Carr, 36, is currently facing charges of sexual assault and rape in Pennsylvania, but Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Kelly Shriver said as far as her office could tell Mansur-Carr was not facing an arrest warrant from Pennsylvania authorities.

Mansur-Carr was arraigned on drunk driving charges dating back to 2015 and violating court conditions of release. Brattleboro Superior Court Judge John Treadwell ordered Mansur-Carr held for lack of $2,500 bail, saying he was afraid that Mansur-Carr had an incentive to flee.

Mansur-Carr was arrested Thursday morning at Our Place, the drop-in center on The Island in Bellows Falls. Bellows Falls police, in a release, said they went to Our Place after receiving a tip about Mansur-Carr's location. Mansur-Carr recently returned to Vermont from Pennsylvania where he has been living for the past couple of years, according to Josh Atkisson, a Windham County public defender, who told the judge he had represented Mansur-Carr in the past.

Mansur-Carr was arraigned on numerous charges, some dating back to 2015. Atkisson said Mansur-Carr had returned to Vermont to pursue a relationship with a Newfane woman, but he told the judge they were not living together. Atkisson said Mansur-Carr's numerous charges of violating conditions of release was a result of him struggling with substance abuse.

"He missed many check-ins with the Brattleboro Police Department," he said.

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But at one point, Windham County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Brown asked the judge for a private bench conference, where the Pennsylvania pending charges were discussed. After that exchange of information, Treadwell agreed with the state's request that Mansur-Carr be held for lack of $2,500 bail, with the judge saying that Mansur-Carr had a strong incentive to flee Vermont.

"I have good reason to believe the defendant may flee," said Treadwell, who added that he may reconsider bail with additional information.

Atkisson said Mansur-Carr had no money, and the $2,500 bail was an impossible amount to raise. While Mansur-Carr's father lives in Vermont, Atkisson said they are estranged. After the hearing, Brown said he checked to see if Mansur-Carr was wanted by Pennsylvania authorities, but there was no warrant, and he wasn't able to verify his conditions of release in Pennsylvania on the 2017 sexual assault charges before his court appearance in Brattleboro.

"He's not missing from Pennsylvnia, as far as we can tell," Brown said.

If Mansur-Carr does post bail, he must report daily to the Brattleboro Police Department, and agree to alcohol testing if requested by a law enforcement officer.

Contact Susan Smallheer at ssmallheer@reformer.com or 802 254-2311, ext. 154.


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