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Jeffersonville man accused of molesting teen

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Their relationship started online, but it was in a school parking lot where police say Garry Loomis, 56, met his alleged victim for the first time.

"It's tough enough being a teenager these days without getting enticed into engaging in a relationship with an older man like this," Lamoille County Prosecutor Joel Page said.

Prosecutors say a 15-year-old female student at Lamoille Union High School connected with Loomis and six other men through a sex website. She was posing as a 19-year-old.

"The evidence indicates when she actually met him she informed him she was only 15, and he proceeded to pursue her," Page said.

According to court papers, they met a half dozen times during the girl's study hall period. They would drive about 1 mile from the school and engage in sexual acts.

"It's predatory behavior and it's just unacceptable," Page said.

On Jan. 28, Loomis was arrested and charged with two counts of sex assault on a minor. He pled not guilty. The Jeffersonville man was a popular ski instructor and entertainer at Smugglers' Notch for the past 33 years. The resort dubbed him the "Funmeister." Resort officials told WCAX News Loomis was fired within the last 10 days. They describe him as a great performer who could rally families to participate in the ski area's activities. They say the circumstances surrounding his arrest are tragic.

Reporter Jennifer Reading: Given his contact with so many children, is there any concern about other victims?

Joel Page: There's concern, but there has been no reports that I'm aware of.

Loomis was held without bail. Prosecutors say he posed too much of a threat to others in the community. He violated conditions of release stemming from a DUI case out of Colchester last year where he was driving drunk with his kids in the car, then tried to disarm the police officer who was processing him.

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