Burlington man denies sex assault on sleeping woman
BARRE — A Burlington man is accused of drunkenly sexually assaulting a woman at an inn in Warren on Jan. 18.
Andrew Barrows, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony sexual assault without consent in Washington County criminal court in Barre Tuesday. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $25,000 fine.
According to the Vermont State Police affidavit, Barrows was helping set up equipment with a band that was playing at the Slide Brook Inn on Jan. 17. After the band played, Barrows and the other band members started drinking.
State police say Barrows went into one of the rooms around 6 a.m. the next morning and penetrated a woman who was asleep. A witness, who was also sleeping in the room, told police she awoke and saw a naked man on top of her friend. The witness yelled and woke her friend up.
The alleged victim said she awoke, screamed when she realized a naked man was on top of her and the man said, “I’m in the wrong room, wrong room” and ran out.
The woman said she locked the door when she went to sleep the previous night and was fully clothed, but awoke with her pants and underwear around her ankles.
The alleged victim admitted to drinking the night before, but police said while alcohol could be smelled on her breath, she did not appear intoxicated and was not slurring her words. She also said she had been introduced to Barrows the previous night, but there was no other interaction between them.
When interviewed by state police, Barrows admitted to being extremely intoxicated on the morning in question, but denied going into any other room but his own and said he did not black out. Barrows submitted to a breath test around 11 a.m. and had a blood alcohol content of .101
Barrows has a previous conviction of driving under the influence in 2009 and three convictions of petit larceny in 2008.
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