Hartford High student charged with potential life offense
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A teenager from Quechee has been charged as an adult with a child molesting offense that is punishable by a minimum 3-year jail term and a potential maximum of up to life in prison if he were to be convicted.
Cameron LeBlanc, 16, stood beside both his mother, who was acting as his guardian, and his court-appointed public defender, attorney Robert Lees, at the defense table this week as an innocent plea was entered on his behalf to a single count of sexual assault upon a child.
According to an affidavit filed with the court by Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Hughes the alleged incident took place in June in a neighboring town and involved a brief encounter with a six-year-old boy who immediately ran to a nearby residence and reported it to his mother.
Detective Hughes wrote that the mother told investigators that she immediately confronted LeBlanc who, without giving any details, allegedly admitted to her “that he had done some inappropriate things and that he was sorry,” adding that LeBlanc was allegedly “unable to tell (the child’s mother) what had happened or why it had happened.”
Court records indicate that LeBlanc was previously arrested by the Hartford Police Department and charged, back when he was 13 years old, with lewd & lascivious conduct with a child but the records do not indicate any final outcome for that case. That is not unusual given that LeBlanc would have fallen squarely within the juvenile justice system and its confidentiality guidelines at that age.
During this week’s hearing, Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney Heidi Remick urged Judge Timothy Tomasi not to allow LeBlanc to be unsupervised while his case is pending, saying that “given the very serious nature of the offense here and the strength of the case, the child’s immediate outcry to his mother and the defendant’s alleged admissions, the state believes Mr. LeBlanc poses a very serious risk to public safety.”
Judge Tomasi released LeBlanc into the custody of his mother under terms which include a compete 24-hour-a-day curfew at his residence with the only exceptions being for work at a local hay farm this summer and his scheduled return to Hartford High School once the school year begins this fall.
Cameron LeBlanc, 16, in court this week with attorney Robert Lees
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