Manchester man charged with sexually assaulting child

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BENNINGTON — A Manchester man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a child, which authorities say may have occurred over a four-year period. David Kilburn, 32, is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, a felony, which carries a prison sentence of 2-15 years if he is convicted.

Investigators believe Kilburn assaulted the child at his home on multiple occasions, according to a sworn statement by Vermont State Police. It's unclear when the alleged incidents started, but Kilburn's criminal charge dates them to between December 2015 and May this year. Police began investigating the case in May after the Department for Children and Families received a report from a sexual assault nurse examiner at the local hospital, the VSP affidavit states. The child, whom Kilburn knew, is younger than 5.

Kilburn was arrested by state police June 19 and released on conditions, which include not having any contact with the child.

He appeared in Bennington Superior criminal court June 22 and pleaded not guilty, court records show. He was represented by attorney

David Silver.

Kilburn remains free on conditions, including not having anyone younger than 16 in his home.

Contact Tiffany Tan at ttan@benningtonbanner.com or @tiffgtan on Facebook and Twitter.

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