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Police arrest Brandon man in ‘fondling’ case

— On Nov. 20, the Vermont State Police Special Investigation Unit in Rutland arrested Joseph M. Johnson of Brandon, for lewd and lascivious conduct with a Leicester girl.

The victim, age 10, alleged last weekend that she was fondled by Johnson during a visit to his Brandon residence. However, it must be stressed, in any case involving a minor, that the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty under law.

At the completion of the investigation, Johnson was arrested and was scheduled to appear in Rutland District Court last week.

If he is found guilty, Johnson could face a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

The Rutland Unit for Special Investigations investigates, prosecutes and serves the needs of victims of crimes involving sexual exploitation of children and adults, also physical abuse of children and vulnerable adults.

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