- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont circus coach whose conviction was thrown out last year in a 2006 sex assault case has accepted a new plea deal.

The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2av6jFb ) reports that 65-year-old Vladimir Avgoustov of Winooski has pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct. A charge of aggravated sexual assault on a child younger than 10 was dismissed.

The Russian native had been serving time on charges he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl who was a student at a summer camp connected with the now-defunct Vermont School of Circus Arts.

A judge ruled in December that Avgoustov wasn’t properly notified of possible citizenship consequences when he accepted a plea agreement in 2007.

Avgoustov remains jailed in St. Albans Town. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com



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