Job Corps student charged with felony sex crimes

VERGENNES — A 21-year-old Northlands Job Corps student on July 2 pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, stemming from two recent incidents in which he allegedly grabbed and inappropriately touched two fellow students on the Job Corps campus on June 26 and on July 1.
Henry H. Chrabaszcz Jr. of Norwich, Conn., faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $300 for each of the two felony charges, if convicted. Chrabaszcz has been expelled from Northlands in wake of the alleged incidents, according to court documents.
It was on July 1 that Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations received a report from Vergennes police about the alleged assault of a Northlands Job Corps student.
Whitney interviewed the 18-year-old victim who alleged that she had been sitting at a bench in a smoking section near the chapel on the Job Corps campus in Vergennes when a male student — who she later identified as Chrabaszcz — allegedly approached her, according to court records.
“(The victim) advised that she was crying and was upset because she was being teased by other students due to her weight,” Whitney stated in her court affidavit outlining her investigation. “(Chrabaszcz) came up to her and asked what was wrong and gave her a hug.”
But that hug quickly evolved into a very serious offense, the victim told investigators.
Chrabaszcz is alleged to have put his hands down the back of the victim’s sweatpants to grab her buttocks, according to court records. He is also alleged to have grabbed her breasts over her clothing and then allegedly pushed her down on the bench on which she was sitting and slipped his hands down the front of her pants to grab her private area, according to court records.
The victim told him to get off of her and tried to push him away, according to Whitney’s affidavit. When Chrabaszcz did not comply, “(the victim) kicked him in the genitals at which point he got up, called her an (expletive) and a whore and left the area,” Whitney’s affidavit reads.
Whitney said the victim was initially only able to identify Chrabaszcz as a tall, thin white male, but was later able to pick him out from an array of photos of current Northlands students.
On July 2, Whitney interviewed a second, 16-year-old Northlands student who alleged having been inappropriately touched by Chrabaszcz, according to court records. The victim told police she and Chrabaszcz had been playing pool on campus on June 26 when Chrabaszcz allegedly grabbed her buttocks and poked a pool stick at her private area, according to court records.
The second victim further alleged that Chrabaszcz later followed her to her dorm, came into her bedroom and tried to hug her while grabbing her buttocks, according to court records. She alleged that Chrabaszcz “picked her up and tried to take her into the laundry room, but she grabbed the walls and he let her go,” according to Whitney’s affidavit. Chrabaszcz also allegedly sent the second victim some obscene text messages, according to court records.
Chrabaszcz, during an interview with Whitney, denied the allegations made by both of his accusers, according to court records.

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