RUTLAND — Four months ago, on Oct. 6, the Vermont State Police were notified by the Vermont Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) of their concern of inappropriate sexual conduct between Jon R. Gilbert, age 48 from Rutland, and a 13 year-old female student. At the time of the offense Gilbert was employed with the Vermont Achievement Center (VAC) as a therapeutic advocate (1:1) in the autistic program and is currently employed with Rutland City Public Schools (Allen Street Campus).
Through the investigation it was learned Gilbert sexually abused the 13 year-old student while on a summer school trip and had conversations that were sexual in nature through Facebook. Based upon such he was taken into custody and issued a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court on Feb. 16, to answer the charge of for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child.
The Rutland Unit for Special Investigations (RUSI) is a multi-disciplinary team that investigates, prosecutes and serves victims of sex crimes and child victims of severe physical abuse throughout Rutland County.