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August 17, 2016

PRESS RELEASE---VSP MIDDLESEX---AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16A303341

TROOPER: Detective Trooper Ben Patnode                                         

STATION: St. Albans                    

CONTACT#: (802) 524-5993

 

DATE/TIME: 08/05/16

LOCATION: Duxbury, VT

VIOLATION: Aggravated Sexual Assault

 

ACCUSED: John "Jake" Petrasch Jr                                                                           

AGE: 39

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Duxbury, VT

 

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

AGE: 19

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Barre, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 08/09/16, Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Detectives were assigned a sexual assault case that was initially reported to Trooper's at the Middlesex Barracks. State Police Detective's interviewed a victim who alleged that John "Jake" Petrasch Jr, had sexually assaulted and strangled her during the assault, which took place at his residence. Petrasch, a former teacher for Harwood High School, is now currently employed by the Department of Corrections as a teacher.  He currently works with the victims boyfriend at Community High School of Vermont, out of Barre.

   

                After completion of the investigation, John "Jake" Petrasch was subsequently taken into custody without incident at his residence. Petrasch was issued a citation to appear before the Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division on 08/18/16. 

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE: 08/18/16  1pm

COURT: Washington Co.

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Yes

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

Detective Trooper Ben Patnode

140 Fisher Pond Rd

St. Albans, VT 05478

Clandestine Lab Team

VSP Drill Instructor

P# (802) 524-5993

C# (802) 371-7393