Abuse victim allowed to seize assets of alleged abuser

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A man who says he was assaulted in Vermont by two men since childhood has been allowed to seize a house and bank accounts belonging to one of them.
Earlier this year, state police charged Frank Meyer of West Haven, Conn., and Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, Vt., with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking. Meyer was a West Haven 911 dispatcher and Bartolotta is a former West Haven firefighter.
A 25-year-old man came forward with the allegations, saying the assaults began when he was 12 and continued to last year.
Both men pleaded not guilty. Meyer committed suicide and was found dead last month in Newfane.
The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/XUT4kr) the accuser’s attorney said he was hoping to use the assets to pay for counseling needed by his client.

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