UPDATE 11:36 a.m. Nov. 13 — Brandon Rhodes was arraigned and held without bail on Tuesday November 3, 2020. Rhoades was charged with Unlawful Restraint in the 2nd Degree (2 counts) and Aggravated Sexual Assault as the two victims were 12 years old.
A person convicted of Unlawful Restraint in the 2nd Degree shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine of not more than $25,000.00, or both. A person convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault shall be sentenced under Title 13 V.S.A § 3271-Indeterminate life sentence.
Anyone with knowledge of the incident and Mr. Rhoades is encouraged to contact Detective Learned at the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. 802-652-6899.
The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations (CUSI) has reported that it arrested Brandon Rhoades, 24, of Milton, Monday for an incident that is said to have taken place Nov. 2 in Williston.
According to CUSI, a Vermont State Police trooper observed two juveniles standing in a roadway in Williston around 2:50 a.m. the morning of Nov. 2 and “neither were dressed appropriately for the weather.” Police say that the juveniles reported that they had met and communicated with a man, later identified as Rhoades, through the social media app Snapchat. It’s said that the females believed Rhoades to be 17 years old.
Rhoades allegedly picked up the juveniles in his vehicle and proceeded to provide them alcohol. CUSI says Rhoades then sexually assaulted one of the passengers and engaged in lewd and lascivious behavior with the other before leaving them on the side of the road where the trooper later found them.
Detectives with the unit for special investigations were reportedly called to the scene to conduct further investigation in which Rhoades was identified as the suspect. Nov. 2, CUSI detectives spoke with Rhoades at his residence and placed him under arrest without incident. He was charged with the offenses of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint in the Second Degree, and Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child.
Rhoades was lodged on $5,000 bail and ordered to appear in court Nov. 10 for arraignment.