By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent
QUECHEE — Aggravated sexual assault charges are being leveled against a Quechee man who was already the focus of unrelated criminal investigation for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal incident on Interstate 91 where a Dartmouth graduate student had been struck and killed in early October.
Shane Harlow, 47, who works as a security guard at Dartmouth College, was arrested Tuesday following a joint investigation by authorities in Windsor and Orange counties, the Hartford Police Department announced late Tuesday afternoon.
Harlow was being held on $25,000 bail pending an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in downtown White River Junction on two counts of aggravated sexual assault on a minor, felony charges that carry a maximum potential penalty of life in prison. In addition to those Windsor County charges, Harlow will face similar but separate charges in Orange County.
On Dec. 11, Harlow had been arraigned in the same Windsor County courthouse after police said he admitted to being one of at least two drivers who ran over the body of a Dartmouth graduate student lying on Interstate 91 back in October.
At that time Harlow pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident, a charge which carries a maximum potential penalty of up to two years in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000 if he were to be convicted.