Vermont police officer’s son charged with sexual assault

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:16 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:37 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - The teenage son of a Vermont police officer is facing sexual assault charges following a yearlong investigation.

Police say Jacob Lorman, who was 18 at the time, sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman outside a party in Castleton on July 28, 2019.

According to court records, the victim and Lorman both told police they were drunk when they went into a field near the house where the woman says Lorman forced himself on her. She went to the hospital later that night and reported the alleged assault to police. Lorman told police he didn’t remember much, but he felt the woman had been the aggressor in the sexual encounter.

Lorman is the son of Rutland City Police Sgt. Keith Lorman. To avoid any conflicts, the case was investigated by a Vermont State Police detective from outside the Rutland area and is being prosecuted by the attorney general’s office instead of the Rutland County state’s attorney.

Lorman pleaded not guilty to charges that could result in a minimum of three years in prison if he’s convicted.

The alleged crime happened 15 months ago. We wondered why the investigation took so long. State police tell me there are many variables that determine the length of an investigation. In this case, the victim and suspect are offering conflicting accounts of who was the aggressor. And police interviewed numerous witnesses. They denied the delay had anything to do with Lorman’s father being a police officer.

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