Sex offender to be released in Hinesburg Thursday

Andrew Barrows

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Police are warning the public about a sex offender set to be released from jail Thursday in Hinesburg.

Andrew Barrows, 30, was in prison for sexually abusing a woman he did not know. Officials say he is at moderate to high risk to re-offend and that his likely victims would be adult women.

The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says Barrows most recent conviction was for masturbating in public as he followed a woman in Burlington in 2018.

Previously, Barrows was arrested for unlawful restraint when he made lewd comments to a stranger, assaulted a second stranger and tried to grab a stroller they were pushing with a toddler inside.

Barrows is listed on the Vermont Sex Offender Registry.