Man who declined to attend trial convicted of sex assaultSeptember 18,2013By Patrick McArdle
BENNINGTON - After deliberating for less than an hour, a jury found a local man, who declined to be in the courtroom for his trial, guilty of a felony count of sexual assault with no consent.
William O. Stanley Sr., 52, had only been out of prison for a few weeks when new charges were filed against him.
Stanley was convicted of escaping from custody in 2005. He declined to attend that trial as well.
The woman who accused Stanley said during the trial, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, that she and her boyfriend had gone to the Rutland jail in late September 2012 to pick-up Stanley after the end of the sentence he received for the escape charge.
The woman was related to Stanley but hadn't seen him in 20 years. She had come to Vermont from California in an attempt to reconnect with Stanley.
On Oct. 10, however, she reported that Stanley had touched her on two different occasions on that date. Stanley was arraigned on the sexual assault charge and a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct on Oct. 11.
The jury found Stanley not guilty of lewd and lascivious conduct.
The jury convicted Stanley of touching the woman in a Bennington motel room she was in with Stanley and her boyfriend but not for allegedly touching her, later the same day, while the woman, her boyfriend and Stanley were driving in Bennington in a truck.
Stanley was not sentenced on Wednesday.MORE IN This Just InWASHINGTON ó The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks... Full StoryA mysterious poll is asking Vermonters if they would support the continued operation of Vermont... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No money this year for western rail project, Lola Aiken memorialized in Montpelier, Supreme Court Castleton murder suspect will remain in jail, Shaftbury man fires shots from his AK-47 into neighbor's home.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev arrives in U.S. for historic 13-day visit; in 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign nuclear reduction agreement.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City celebrates completion of its newest mural, on West Street opposite the post office, more than $2 million in federal grants will bolster Vermont's health centers, Patrick McArdle reports on pending sale of Vermont papers.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Henry Hudson sails up the Hudson River as far as present-day Albany, Leo Szilard has epiphany waiting for the light to change, 3 kids report a West Virginia close encounter in 1952.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Who will run for mayor in Rutland next year? Has Bennington overcome its fear of twerking? Documentary 'Hungry Heart' packs the Paramount, and the city's Creek Path scores another million-plus dollars.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: The 1509 'Lesser Judgment' earthquake on this day at Constantinople kills 13,000 and destroys the city; in 1801, on this day, Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans is born.