April 19, 2014

WSD terminates Hendricksen

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Para-educator accused of lewd conduct with child

Jonathan Hendricksen

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

The Williston School District has terminated the employment of Jonathan Hendricksen, the special education para-educator and former YMCA swim instructor accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

“John Hendricksen was terminated on May 30,” Williston District Principal Walter Nardelli wrote in an email to the Observer. “His employment was terminated under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.”

Hendricksen, 28, of Winooski pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court on May 10 to charges that he sexually molested a 7-year-old boy while the boy was showering after a swimming lesson.

The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations was alerted to the allegation on April 6, after the boy’s aunt filed a report with the Burlington Police Department.

Hendricksen was placed on paid administrative leave by the school district on April 9.

At a pretrial status conference on June 21, Judge James Crucitti set an Aug. 1 deadline for subpoenas, a Sept. 1 deadline for defense counsel to provide a list of defense witnesses to the state, an Oct. 1 deadline for depositions and a Nov. 1 deadline for motions.

A second pretrial status conference has been tentatively scheduled for the first week of November.

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