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Mother of sex abuse victim pleads not guilty2/19/09

Feb. 19, 2009

The mother of the victim at the center of a local sex abuse case pleaded not guilty in Vermont District Court on Friday to charges of aggravated sexual assault.

The woman is facing the same charges to which Williston resident Mark Hulett pleaded guilty in 2006, after years of abusing the woman’s daughter.

Chittenden County prosecutors accuse the victim’s 33-year-old mother of knowingly letting Hulett commit sex acts on her daughter for a period of four years, when the girl was between the ages of 6 and 10. If convicted, the mother could face a minimum of 10 years in prison. She faces a maximum sentence of life.

The Observer is not releasing the mother’s name to protect the identity of her child.

A status conference has been set for March 6 at 2 p.m.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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