- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Police in Burlington say they’ve caught the man responsible for groping a woman and a teen at a marathon.

John Discola pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felonies for lewd and lascivious conduct, one of which was with a child.

Police say Discola stared down a woman and grabbed her buttocks at the Vermont City Marathon in Battery Park on May 24. They say he did the same to a 14-year-old girl.

The lawyer for the 37-year-old Massachusetts native says he wanted to lower Discola’s bail from $25,000, but the judge says his inability to pay didn’t mean it was excessive.

Prosecutors say Discola is a person of interest in other crimes. A sexual assault charge was dropped against him last month.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July.



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