Kolibas scheduled to be arraigned Monday (6/18/09)

June 18, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

A Williston man accused of drugging and molesting a 13-year-old girl will likely be arraigned Monday.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said Robert Kolibas, 50, is scheduled to go before a judge at that time in Vermont District Court in Burlington.

Kolibas is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, second degree unlawful restraint, and giving a drug to a minor. Police say he molested a 13-year-old friend of his daughter’s during a sleepover at his home in the early hours of May 30. Kolibas allegedly slipped a sedative into the teen’s smoothie drink the evening of May 29. Kolibas fled to Maine before police could arrest him in Williston on the charges.

On June 1, Kolibas was apprehended by a police officer in Washington County, Maine and held there on a warrant. On June 5, he waived extradition in a Machias, Maine courthouse and is currently incarcerated at the Washington County Corrections facility in Machias.

Donovan said Kolibas is expected to return to Vermont over the weekend. He said the state’s attorney’s office and Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department have been working on “logistics” of how and when they could bring the suspect back to Vermont.

Donovan said it’s not unusual for a delay to occur in extraditing a prisoner.

“I’d say the ballpark for this can be around 30 days,” Donovan said.

If convicted, Kolibas could face up to 20 years in prison.