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Cash bail upped $50K in sex assault case

BENNINGTON — Probable cause was found at a hearing in the case of a Bennington man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, and the case will go to Hillsborough County Superior Court North in Manchester.

The alleged perpetrator, Shawn Mooney, 26, of Bennington, is now being held on $100,000 cash bail at the Hillsborough County House of Correction, according to Bennington Police Chief Steve Campbell on Monday. Mooney was previously held on $50,000 cash bail.

Following his probable cause hearing at the 6th Circuit Court, Hillsborough, on Friday, Mooney is facing five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, rather than two counts, Campbell said. One of the charges is referred to as a “pattern” charge, which covers all the possible instances involving sexual assault, Campbell said. The charges represent multiple instances of sexual assault over a period of time.

No date has been set yet for the case to go before a grand jury. Until then, Mooney will stay at the Hillsborough County House of Correction unless cash bail is made.

Campbell said in a previous interview that the charges are considered aggravated since the alleged victim is under 13 years of age.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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