Waterbury Center man gets jail time
BARRE — A Waterbury Center man will spend 16 days in jail for grabbing a 17-year-old girl’s breast and for his 10th charge of driving with a suspended license.
Steve A. Salls, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a misdemeanor prohibited act and driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to 16 days to six months, all suspended except 16 days. He was initially charged with felony lewd and lascivious conduct but had the charge amended under a plea agreement.
He is to start serving his sentence at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury on Jan. 26.
According to the Vermont State Police affidavit, the 17-year-old reported to the Department for Children and Families in July 2012 that Salls would repeatedly grab her after giving her a cigarette. State police said that when they questioned him he admitted doing it four or five times over the past year but added that she “flirts and provokes it, too.”
Similar allegations were leveled against Salls with the same girl last year, but charges were not filed because there was a question of consent on the part of the girl, according to state police.
Salls has previous convictions for selling cocaine, driving under the influence and simple assault as well as nine convictions for driving with a suspended license.
According to the state police affidavit concerning the license conviction, a detective saw Salls driving out of his driveway in Waterbury Center on Aug. 22, 2012. The detective said she knew Salls had a suspended license. Salls drove into the parking lot of Emery’s Village Store and Deli and the detective pulled in after him. When asked why he was driving, Salls said he was on his way to play horseshoes, according to police.
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