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Sex Offender Nabbed in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY - A sixty-seven year old Connecticut man was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon (12/01/10) in Middlebury for the offense of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct With Child following his surrender to authorities at the New Haven barracks earlier that morning.

The offender, Francis J. Hogaboom of Granby, Connecticut, had been the subject of a cooperative investigation between the Vermont Department for Children and Families and the Vermont State Police. Authorities had been investigating an allegation that Hogaboom engaged in multiple acts of lewd or lascivious conduct with a nine year old child at an unnamed campground in the town of Orwell. The events occurred during the summer of 2009 but they were not disclosed until this year. The investigation culminated with Hogaboom voluntarily surrendering himself to authorities at the New Haven barracks on Wednesday morning. Hogaboom was subsequently arraigned at the Addison County Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court. Hogaboom was released on court imposed conditions following his posting of $5,000 bail.

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