Court: Man on probation for sex crimes assaulted Brattleboro minor

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BRATTLEBORO — A Rockingham man already on probation for sex crimes appeared in court Wednesday to answer for allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl a few years ago.

Forest Coleman, 23, of Rockingham, is being charged with aggravated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, repeated aggravated sexual assault, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

Coleman was previously convicted of the sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16 in 2014. He was on probation when the newest accusation came in.

The victim's mother went to police on Aug. 14. She said that Coleman, in early August, had sent a picture of his genitals to her daughter.

The picture opened a "gate of terrible flashbacks and memories of unthinkable acts," the mother told an investigator with the Brattleboro Police Department. Coleman had allegedly assaulted her daughter when she was 9 years old, about four years ago.

When she was younger, the victim said Coleman showed her videos of "people doing things," according to court documents. He also forced her to perform sex acts.

The assaults, from when she was 9, all happened during the course of one weekend, the victim said.

She didn't remember the exact time period, only that it had happened a few years ago.

The victim's mother tried to get Coleman to "do the right thing," and turn himself in, according to court documents. Instead, Coleman went to Iowa to visit his brother.

Leaving the state was a violation of the terms of his probation.

Coleman was extradited from Iowa to Vermont for violating his probation. He was arraigned in Windham County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Judge Katherine Hayes ruled that Coleman be held without bail.

The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Windham County Child Advocacy Center.

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