A Stowe man has been sentenced to serve four to 15 years in jail for sexually assaulting a child under age 16, and for two convictions of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

William Javery, 27, was sentenced Dec. 22 by Judge Dennis Pearson in Lamoille Superior Court.

The cases were investigated by the Lamoille Special Investigation Unit and prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Todd Shove.

Authorities alleged that Javery had what he called “a romantic relationship” with a 13-year-old girl, and over a period of time had sex with the girl about 10 times.

Police allege Javery lied to the girl, telling her he was 17 years old. The girl later learned that Javery was in fact 25 years old.

The first incident happened in July 2008 at the girl’s house in Morrisville when she was 13, according to a police affidavit filed with the court. In an interview with police, the girl said Javery had approached at least a dozen other girls in her class, the affidavit said.

Javery was also investigated by the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, and charged with giving alcohol to a 14-year old girl, the affidavit said. In an interview with police, Javery said the girls told him they were 15 years old. Vermont’s age of consent for sexual relations is 16.

Under a plea agreement, several other similar counts were dismissed at the prosecution’s request.

Javery was taken to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

Lamoille County State’s Attorney Joel Page said he expects that Javery will have to go through a treatment program for sex offenders to be considered for release after he serves the minimum sentence of at least four years.

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