Arlington man faces new felony domestic assault charge
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | December 29,2012
BENNINGTON — An Arlington couple was accused of domestic abuse of their daughter in November, but now the father is accused of domestic abuse of the mother although she said in court Wednesday that she felt coerced into accusing him.
Rex A. Lane, 37, of Arlington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Dec. 19 on a felony count of second-degree aggravated domestic assault and a misdemeanor charge of interference with access to emergency services.
Lane pleaded innocent and was held without bail. At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Cortland Corsones granted a request by Jennifer Barrett, a deputy state’s attorney for Bennington County, that Lane continue to be held without bail pending the resolution of the charges.
In November, Lane and Joy E. Bucchieri, 33, also of Arlington, were arraigned on domestic assault charges for an incident involving their daughter.
Bucchieri was charged with misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and interfering with access to emergency services while Lane was charged with a felony count of second-degree aggravated domestic assault.
While Lane was charged with a felony, he was not accused of assaulting his daughter. Barrett said during his arraignment that he had been “egging (Bucchieri) on,” but he was charged with a felony because he has a previous conviction for domestic assault from June 2000.
The 15-year-old girl who reported the assault said it started as a result of Bucchieri being banned from the girl’s Arlington Memorial High School soccer games. The girl said her mother was often “out of control, swearing and yelling at the games.”
According to the girl, Lane accused her of being responsible for the order and encouraged Bucchieri to “teach (her) a lesson,” which resulted in Bucchieri assaulting her in her room.
David Silver, who represented Lane in November, downplayed the allegations and said the girl had a “big temper tantrum.”
In an affidavit, Trooper Christopher Burnett, of the Vermont State Police, said Bucchieri came to the Shaftsbury barracks Dec. 18 and reported that Lane had assaulted her Dec. 9.
According to Bucchieri, Lane slammed her against furniture, grabbed her by the head and hair and kept her from leaving and stood over her threatening her with a stool.
Lane told police the incident never happened and said Bucchieri had been “depressed and emotional” since the event with her daughter.
In court on Wednesday, Bucchieri said she had gone to the police barracks to get help seeing her son but believed Lt. Reg Trayah, the troop commander, had “coerced (her) into making this statement.” Bucchieri invoked her Fifth Amendment right in regard to the rest of the statement to police.
Trayah, who also testified on Wednesday, said he didn’t coerce her. Instead, Trayah said he spoke to her about being at a crossroad and what she wanted for herself and her children.
Burnett, not Trayah, took Bucchieri’s statement when she made allegations against Lane, police said.
Frederick Bragdon, who represented Lane on Wednesday, said Trayah’s testimony sounded like a description of an emotional woman being led into making an accusation against Lane.
“I can’t wait for trial, judge. I’m going to subpoena the lieutenant,” he said.
Lane was charged as a habitual offender, a sentencing enhancement for people with multiple felony convictions, which allows a judge to sentence a defendant to up to life in prison. Corsones said the state had to produce proof within seven days of Lane’s felony convictions in New York in order for Lane to continue to be held without bail.