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July 20, 2017

VSP Arrest- Cruelty to Child (<10 yrs) - Ben Gates - Pawlet (VT)

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE                                   
               
CASE#:                                   17B403593
TROOPER:                              DETECTIVE TROOPER LUCAS J HALL                
STATION:                               TROOP B                                       
CONTACT#:                           (802)773-9101

DATE/TIME:                           JULY 20, 2017
LOCATION:                            PAWLET, VT

VIOLATION:                           TITLE 13 VSA 1025: RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
                                                TITLE 13 VSA 1304: CRUELTY TO A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 10

ACCUSED:                              BENJAMIN GATES  
AGE:                                       33
CITY:                                       PAWLET, VERMONT

VICTIM:                                  THE VERMONT STATE POLICE DO NOT RELEASE NAMES OF VICTIMS
AGE:                                       3-YEAR-OLD CHILD (FEMALE)
                                                                                   
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On June 29, 2017, New York State Child Protective Services (CPS) contacted the Vermont State Police requesting assistance investigating an injury they observed on a 3-year-old child. 

Further joint investigation between CPS, Detectives with the Vermont State Police- Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit and the Rutland County State Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Gates, age 33, of Pawlet (VT). 

The investigation revealed Gates, who is a friend of the victim’s mother, injured the child while spinning a knife around on a rope.  The knife struck the child on the back of the neck, near the base of the child’s skull, causing minor injury. 

Gates has been issued a citation ordering him to appear in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on August 28, 2017, at 08:15 hours to answer to the above charges. 

A photo of Gates is attached.

COURT DATE:  AUGUST 28, 2017 @ 08:15 HOURS                       
COURT:  RUTLAND COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT/ CRIMINAL DIVISION

Respectfully,
Detective Trooper Luke Hall

VERMONT STATE POLICE
Bureau of Criminal Investigations- Troop B
124 State Place
Rutland, VT 05701
Office: (802) 773-9101
Cell: (802) 585-5247