A Stowe man facing a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct pleaded not guilty to a slew of new charges in Lamoille Superior Court April 15, after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and possessing marijuana while the alleged victim of the lewdness charge was in the car with him.
Kenneth Bishop, 28, is now facing misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, second offense; violation of conditions of release; and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
Bishop pleaded not guilty to the lewd and lascivious charge earlier this year. The charge stems from an alleged incident involving an underage teenager that occurred in the fall of 2011. Under his conditions of release, he cannot have contact with that teenager.
But, on April 13, according to an affidavit filed with the court, Bishop was allegedly pulled over in Morrisville for a dead taillight. Police suspected Bishop was drunk and smelled marijuana in the car. In a roadside blood-alcohol test, he blew a .136, over the .08 considered proof of intoxication. Police also searched the car and found one gram of marijuana. The underage teenager was also in the car with him, the affidavit said.