Vermont sex offender arrested for raping 14-year-old -- just hours after release for same exact offense
Alex Rich

A Vermont sex offender was arrested hours after his release on a previous conviction


Authorities warned residents in Barre on Wednesday night that 29-year-old Alex Rich would be released the following day to their community, reported WPTZ-TV.

Rich was described as a high-risk sex offender -- and he was accused of violating the terms of his release within hours.

“The nature of his offense was involving a 14-year-old female who he had just met -- predatory in nature, from my point of view,” said Chief Tim Bombardier, of Barre police.

Rich had just finished serving a prison term for sexually assaulting another 14-year-old girl a decade earlier, when he was 19 and living with a friend in the teen's home.

He was convicted in that 2008 case of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and sexual assault.

Rich was held on $100,000 and scheduled to appear Friday in court for arraignment on the new charges.