Man arrested for stalking, assault in Pownal

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

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 they learned information leading to the arrest yesterday.

Gardner was originally held without bail however he was released on 50,000 dollars bail and conditions after his arraignment.

Yesterday, he was arrested by troopers for violating his conditions of release by being within 300 feet of the victim’s residence.

He was cited for a later date and released on conditions imposed by Bennington County Criminal Court.

Yesterday, it was reported to the Vermont State Police that Gardner had violated his conditions again.

It was found that Gardner harassed the victim and family members on two occasions, once on September 25 and once on September 26 causing fear with the victim’s family.

Gardner turned himself in to the Shaftsbury barracks yesterday at around 12:00 p.m.

He was arrested for violating his conditions of release x2 in addition to aggravated stalking.

He was processed and released on conditions by the Bennington County Criminal Court.

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