Essex Police Patch

ESSEX — Early next week, a high risk sex offender will be released from the custody of the Vermont Department of  Corrections. At this time, it is anticipated that he will be residing in Essex.  

Craig Yandow, 51, served a term of incarceration related to a 1997 conviction of aggravated sexual assault, according to an Oct. 6 press release from Detective Sgt. Richard Weinisch at the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. The victim in this horrific attack was walking through Burlington where she was sexually assaulted, sustaining serious bodily injuries resulting in hospitalization.  

Yandow served the maximum sentence, so he will not be under the supervision of Burlington Probation and Parole when he is released on Oct. 13, according to Weinisch.

Officials with the Vermont Department of Corrections indicate that Yandow declined to participate in sex offender treatment and is being designated as a high risk sex offender with a moderate-high risk to  commit another sexual offense. 

Based on his history, if he were to sexually re-offend, his victim(s) would  likely be adult females. 

Due to the community concern this release may generate, the Essex Police Department and the Essex Community Justice Center have partnered to host a virtual community meeting from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. Members of Essex PD, the Essex Community Justice Center and Burlington Probation & Parole will be present to answer questions

These agencies have been working in advance of his release to create a process for Yandow’s transition into the community.  

Join via Microsoft Teams

Or call in (audio only) 

+1 802-377-3784,,499960612# United States, Middlebury 

Phone Conference ID: 499 960 612#

Those with questions about access to this meeting before it starts, can be directed to or by calling 802-878-1335.  Essex PD will not be able to answer access questions or help people get into this once the meeting starts, but they will be recording it for anybody that misses it and will post the link on the PD website afterwards.  

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, there is support available. Even if the assault did not  happen recently, there are resources to help you decide what is best for you, including free medical treatment,  advocacy, and support. 

For more information, call the state-wide confidential hotline, 800-489-7273, or see the website for the VT  Network against Sexual and Domestic Violence,

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