Sex offender claims to be living in homeless shelter
BENNINGTON ó A Bennington man, who has been charged in New York for rape, sexual assault on a physically helpless person and sexual contact with someone younger than 11, was arraigned Monday for failing to comply with the requirements of the Vermont Sex Offender Registry for a period longer than five consecutive days.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Christopher Carreau, 33, of Bennington, is currently staying at the homeless shelter on North Street although officials with the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless have identified that shelter as temporary housing designed to be used for only one or two nights at a time.
Carreau pleaded innocent to the charge in Bennington criminal court Monday.
In an affidavit, Detective Anthony Silvestro of the Bennington Police Department said Carreau was convicted in Rennselaer County, N.Y., of first-degree rape in October 2000. The conviction requires Carreau to be registered in Vermont as a sex offender.
Silvestro said he learned from staff at the Vermont Department of Children and Families on March 12 that Carreau was using an address with the sex offender registry that was not his true address.
Silvestro said he interviewed Carreau on March 18 and said Carreau was not continually staying at the address he provided to the registry.
Carreau was released without bail on Monday but ordered not to have contact with children younger than 16 except for contact approved by the Vermont Department of Children and Families.