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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vermont Man Sentenced To 87 Months For Failing To Register As Sex Offender And Violating Supervised Release Conditions

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Gregory Dean Gotchie, age 36, of Caledonia County, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro to 87 months in jail, for failing to register as a sex offender, and for violating federal conditions of supervised release.

In 2011 Gotchie was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha in Brattleboro for failing to register as a sex offender. The court imposed a sentence of 51 months in jail, with 10 years of supervised release, after finding that he sexually assaulted a woman while in non-registration status. Gotchie was required to register as a sex offender based upon his 2006 statutory rape conviction in the State of Maine.

After serving his 51 month sentence, in 2014 Gotchie absconded from supervised release and relocated to upstate New Hampshire. At sentencing yesterday in Brattleboro, Judge Murtha sentenced Gotchie to another 63 months in prison for the failure to register offense (aggravated based on the finding that he sexually assaulted a woman), along with a consecutive 24-month term for violating the 2011 supervised release conditions.

Gotchie has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s service since his July, 2014, arrest in New Hampshire. The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the New Hampshire State Police. Gotchie was represented by Federal Public Defender Micheal Desautels. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Darrow.

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Updated July 27, 2015