Accuser in Sex Slave Case Allowed Restitution

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013  |  Updated 8:13 AM EDT
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Accuser in Sex Slave Case Allowed Restitution

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Brett Bartolotta, of Cavendish, Vt., is a former member of the West Haven Fire Department accused of sexually assaulting a man in Vermont from when he was a preteen until he was 25.

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A 25-year-old Vermont man who says two former West Haven firefighters sexually assaulted him since childhood has been allowed to seize a house and bank accounts belonging to one of the men he accused.

Earlier this year, state police charged Frank Meyer, 39, of West Haven, and Brett Bartolotta, 42, of Cavendish, Vermont, with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking.

A 25-year-old man came forward with the allegations, saying the hundreds of assaults began when he was 12 and continued to last year. 

Meyer, who was a West Haven 911 dispatcher, committed suicide and was found dead last month in Newfane.

Bartolotta is a former West Haven firefighter and a judge granted the victim’s attorneys request to temporarily seize his house and bank accounts, according to the Valley News.

Both men pleaded not guilty.

The Valley News reports the accuser's attorney said he was hoping to use the assets to pay for counseling his client needs.
 

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