Claremont man denies raping young teen girl during a party in Vermont years ago
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Claremont man has been charged with raping a teenage girl during a party at a campground several years ago in Vermont.
Justin Derick, 33, of Claremont pleaded innocent to a single felony count of sexual assault during a court appearance on Wednesday where he was ordered to post $5,000 bail.
Derick faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison if he were to be convicted.
Prosecutors had asked that Derick be held without bail, saying that for years police in Vermont had been unable to locate him in order to interview him about the incident which allegedly took place in May of 2014 at a campground in Ascutney.
Derick’s court-appointed defense attorney, Cabot Teachout, argued that Derick, who is a house painter, has been living at the same address in Claremont “in the open” the whole time “making no attempt to hide” and noted that after he was arrested by Claremont Police over the weekend, and released after posting bail, he promptly turned himself in to Vermont authorities.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Detective Kristinnah Adams wrote that a teenage girl who knew Derick gave investigators a detailed and graphic account of how she was allegedly raped while the pair were inside a camper with several other people during a party when she was 13-years-old and Derick was in his late 20s.
The girl said that the day after the incident Derick allegedly apologized to her and “told her not to tell anybody.”
During Wednesday’s arraignment, attorney Teachout described Derick as “vehemently” denying the girl’s allegations.
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