Man charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in Pownal

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POWNAL — A 35-year-old man was arrested following an incident in Pownal.

On September 14, authorities say they began an investigation concerning an alleged child sex assault.

A child under 10 years of age was brought to Southern Vermont Medical Center and was examined after they claimed they were sexually assaulted by Jonathan Gardner, of North Pownal.

Following an investigation, police say information was learned during the investigation leading to the arrest yesterday.

Gardner turned himself in at the Shaftsbury barracks where he was charged with aggravated sexual assault.

He was held without bail and transported to Marble Valley Correctional Center.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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