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Milton Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault On A Child

CONTACT: Cindy Maguire, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

April 29, 2013

Thirty-five year old Mechenna Ford of Milton, Vermont, was arraigned in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Friday April 26, 2013. Ford was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child under the age of 16 and subjecting the victim to repeated nonconsensual sexual acts as part of the same occurrence. The penalty for this offense is imprisonment of not less than 25 years and a maximum term of life and a fine of not more than $50,000.00.

According to documents filed with the Court, video recordings made by Ford while sexually assaulting the child were uploaded to an on-line image hosting site. The investigation began when an employee of the on-line image hosting site contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)’s cyber tip line and reported having seen videos depicting a child being sexually assaulted. The tip was forwarded to an investigator with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

Ford was arrested following an investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office with assistance from the Northwest Unit for Special Investigation (NUSI), Colchester Police, Milton Police and the Vermont State Police. Ford pled not guilty to the charge and is currently being held on $150,000 bail.

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