Alleged sex offenders jailed

Two men facing sex assault charges for unconnected incidents were jailed this week by Vermont authorities.

A man with arrest warrants for serious sex offenses in Utah was arrested after trying to cross into Vermont from Canada.

On July 20, the Vermont State Police were told by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that Aime Byuma, 35, of West Valley, Utah tried to enter back into the U.S. with an active arrest warrant. 

The Utah warrant was issued for Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Forceable Sexual Abuse, and False Personal Information to a Peace Officer. Byuma was arrested without incident and lodged without bail pending a court hearing.

Domestic sex assault arrest – A 57-year-old man is facing charges following an incident in Guilford.
Authorities say they were notified that Shawn Grover, of Guilford, had reportedly sexually assaulted a household member.

According to the findings of the investigation, Grover had nonconsensual sexual contact with an adult member of his household. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault due to a prior conviction in 2004 for aggravated sexual assault on a victim younger than 10 years old.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Grover was issued a citation to appear in court on July 20 for the charge.

He was transported via Vermont Probation and Parole to Southern State Correctional Facility where he awaits arraignment.

Home improvement fraud charge – A 45-year-old man from Barre was cited for home improvement fraud Tuesday, July 18.

Authorities say they were alerted to a home improvement fraud incident involving Northern Build Pros Inc. Following an investigation, police allege that James A. Martin signed multiple contracts with the complainant, collected the deposits, but never completed the work.

Yesterday, Martin was located by Barre City Police Department and issued with a citation to appear in court on August 28 to answer the charge.

Truck drivers’ tif leads to blows, police say – A Milton man is facing charges after a violent altercation at a Georgia quarry, according to a report by the Vermont State Police.

The incident, which occurred at Harrison Concrete on Highbridge Road (104a) on July 6, involved two men known to have a contentious relationship.

The accused, 31-year-old Douglas “Bert” Duffy, and the victim, 54-year-old Jay Soutiere of Westford, encountered each other while hauling aggregate material from the site.

Authorities say Duffy maneuvered his dump truck to block Soutiere from exiting the truck scale area. He then allegedly exited his vehicle, assaulted Soutiere by punching him in the face while Soutiere remained in his truck, causing visible injury. After the assault, Duffy reportedly got back in his truck and left the area.

Today, Duffy was issued a citation to appear in Franklin Superior Court, Criminal Division, on August 29. He is facing charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

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