BENNINGTON, Vermont - Police in Bennington, Vermont, say a man spent almost six years sexually abusing a boy whom he hit, threatened and locked in a bedroom with a homemade alarm system while denying him food and water.
Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Pratt pleaded not guilty to sex charges and unlawful restraint Tuesday. He is being held without bail.
Now 17, the boy lived with Pratt until September, when he moved in with his mother and revealed what had been happening since 2003.
He told police he had been confined to the bedroom. He reported that Pratt sexually abused him, hit him when he caught him trying to escape and sent him to school in long-sleeved shirts and pants so no one would see the bruises and scars.