A Milton man has denied felony charges of sexually assaulting a child with deadly force, court documents show.
Jamie A. Bunnell, 34, was charged on March 26 after an investigation by the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. He is currently being held at Northwest State Correctional Center without bail.
“No condition or set of conditions will reasonably prevent continued physical violence,” deputy state’s attorney Dana DiSano wrote to the court.
Bunnell was arrested after the victim escaped the residence with another adult, who brought the child to the Milton police station on March 23.
The victim, who was known to Bunnell, told police Bunnell grabbed them by the throat, slammed them into the ground and grabbed their genitals. He threatened to kill the victim, who he ordered to perform oral sex on him, an affidavit says.
The woman who reported the crime told police Bunnell’s behavior had recently changed, and she believed he’d gone off his medication and was possibly suicidal, court documents say.
Earlier that day, the woman had applied for a relief from abuse order from Bunnell, in which she wrote, “I am afraid [Jamie] will come after me.” The court denied the request, the affidavit says.
Later that day, the woman left the residence and returned to find the lights off. Inside, she could see Bunnell choking the victim, who was able to run outside and into the woman’s car. While a neighbor attempted to talk to Bunnell, who was naked, the woman drove away with the victim, the affidavit says.
The following day, Bunnell told detectives he’d recently left the Brattleboro Retreat. He said the woman “walked into the residence at the wrong time and misunderstood what she observed,” the affidavit says.
After his arrest, Bunnell nearly immediately violated conditions prohibiting him from contacting his ex-wife by telephoning her from prison. The ex provided police a recording of her phone call, court documents show, and Bunnell was charged with violating conditions of release, a misdemeanor.
A judge has also ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Bunnell to determine if he’s competent to stand trial.
Court records show Bunnell has an extensive criminal history: A 25-page rap sheet shows convictions for disorderly conduct, simple assault, unlawful trespass, giving false information to police, petit larceny and more. He’s also failed to appear in court five times, documents show.
Editor’s note: This post has since been corrected to clarify the court denied the relief from abuse order.