WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Tunbridge man is facing charges that carry a potential life sentence following an investigation begun by the Vermont Department of Children and Families into reports that a pre-teen girl had been molested.
Christopher Dame, 27, of Tunbridge pleaded innocent to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child before he was ordered held for lack of $20,000 bail.
Normally Dame would be facing somewhere between 4 and 30 years in jail if he were to be convicted of both charges; however, because of what a prosecutor described as Dame’s “extensive criminal history in multiple states,” he was charged as a habitual offender which raises the potential maximum penalty clear up to life in prison.
Dame was just convicted of drunk driving - second offense - in Vermont on Tuesday and had been on probation for only 24 hours when he was brought back into the courtroom Wednesday to answer the new charges.
Windsor County Deputy States Attorney Heidi Remick said Dame also has drunk driving cases pending in both New York and New Hampshire as well as a warrant out for his arrest from the state of Maryland which wants to charge him with a drug related offense.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Hartford Police Detective Kristinnah Adams wrote that the accusations against Dame date back several years alleging that he repeatedly fondled a pre-teen girl when she lived at residences in Quechee and Sharon.
The girl and her sister, who investigators said corroborated aspects of the allegations against Dame, have since moved out of state.
Christopher Dame, 27, of Tunbridge is facing a potential life sentence as a habitual offender
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