WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A White River Junction man who is facing the possibility of a life sentence over allegations that he repeatedly forced a teenage girl to have sex with him will remain in jail until his trial, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Larry LaBrecque Jr., 40, has been detained since his arrest in July when he pleaded innocent to three separate felony charges of aggravated sexual assault on a child but LeBrecque challenged his on-going detention at a “weight of the evidence hearing” this week.
Judge Timothy Tomasi listened intently for the better part of an hour to a recording that a police detective provided of an interview with the putative victim who described what she termed her “two year ordeal” of sexual abuse in graphic and detailed terms.
The judge ruled that there was sufficient admissible evidence for the case to proceed to a jury trial and he continued the hold-without-bail order that he had originally imposed four months ago when LeBrecque was arrested.
LeBrecque, who has a relatively minor criminal record containing drunk driving convictions and simple assaults, faces mandatory minimums ranging from 3 to 25 years in jail on each of the individual charges, as well as the potential for up to life on the maximum end of the sentences, if he were to be convicted of any of the three charges that are now pending against him.
After the ruling, LeBrecque looked back at family members of his who were clearly upset with the outcome of Wednesday's hearing.
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