.By Courtney Lamdin For The Essex Reporter
A church camp counselor is facing charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations reported last Wednesday afternoon.
Daniel Beaudoin, 57, of Essex Junction was arraigned on July 9 on four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child for incidents that took place since the victim, a parishioner, was 8 or 9 years old, Burlington Detective Cpl. Rene Berti’s affidavit says.
The incidents were first reported to Milton police on July 5; Officer William Bosworth notified CUSI, which took over the investigation, police said.
The victim told police that Beaudoin repeatedly exposed himself to her in the car when there were other children present. She also reported similar incidents at Beaudoin’s former Burlington residence, including once when he placed the victim’s hands on his bare genitals, the affidavit says. Another time, Beaudoin told the victim he went into her bedroom while she was sleeping and gave her a massage, but the girl couldn’t recall this, the detective wrote.
Beaudoin served as a parish camp counselor in Jericho for 30-plus years, overseeing 9- to 11-year-old boys in dorms with another staffer, the affidavit says.
Beaudoin reportedly told the victim after the first incident that he’d go to jail if she told anyone, the affidavit says. She kept quiet until last year, when she disclosed the abuse to a trusted parish member. She told another church leader and her family last week after Beaudoin’s persistent stare during camp week made her increasingly uncomfortable, police said.
The report indicates the victim’s relatives weren’t surprised when she revealed the abuse. Her parents told Detective Berti that Beaudoin was known to have a pornography addiction and to exhibit voyeuristic behavior, the affidavit says.
The victim told police her parents used a “two-person rule” when Beaudoin was around children. She “remembers thinking this was unfair as a child, as the boys didn’t have to do it, but she understood why now,” the affidavit says.
The girl reported Beaudoin frequently took pictures at family events, did activities with the kids and paid them generously for helping with simple tasks around his house, the affidavit says.
Detectives interviewed Beaudoin at his River Street home in Essex Junction on Monday, and when confronted about the victim’s disclosures, he “became very quiet and just leaned forward and stared at us,” Berti wrote. He repeated he didn’t understand or remember anything when questioned, the affidavit says.
Though originally cited into court on 10 charges, the state brought four felony counts at the arraignment, to which Beaudoin pleaded not guilty, court documents show. He is lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail and given conditions not to contact the victim or her family or to go to their home or church.