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Hartland Sex Offender Sentenced

White River Junction — A Hartland sex offender was sentenced to prison for not complying with sex offender treatment and not being forthcoming about a relationship with a woman who had minor children.

Mitchell Beland, 54, has violated his probation five times since 2008 when he was convicted of sexually assaulting a female who was less than 16 years old. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to one to seven years in prison for violating his conditions of probation, which was also revoked .

Beland has been held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., since Aug. 9 without bail. On Tuesday, Beland admitted to violating his conditions in Windsor Superior Court.

One of the conditions was that Beland couldn’t have contact with minors. But Beland began a romantic relationship with a woman who had minor children. So a condition was added in 2011 to his probation to allow him to continue to see the woman, while at the same time forbidding Beland to have contact with her children.

Then, later that year, Beland began a romantic relationship with a different woman who also had minor children, according to court documents. However, Beland was not forthcoming with his treatment provider about that relationship, according to Deputy Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill.

In July 2013, probation officers learned that Beland was still in a relationship with the second woman who has minor children, according to court documents. When probation officers questioned Beland about the relationship, he initially denied it.

Beland has also not complied with his treatment provider. In March 2012, Beland was suspended from treatment at Clara Martin Center after continuing to engage in “secretive behavior and having contact with a woman whom you were prohibited from having contact with,” according to court documents.

On Aug. 1 of this year, Beland received a letter from the Clara Martin Center that said he would be terminated from treatment for not being honest and assuming responsibility for his sexual offenses and for not avoiding situations that would put him at high risk for reoffending.

“The greatest concern for the state and the court when Mr. Beland is out in the community on probation when he’s not abiding by his sex offender treatment program is he is essentially an untreated sex offender in the community,” Cahill said.

Once Beland has finished his minimum sentence, the department of corrections will determine when Beland can be released on parole. If Beland violates his parole, he can immediately be returned to prison.

“The point of this sentence is to put Mr. Beland on a much shorter leash and give him notice that any form of violation will result in an immediate return to jail,” Cahill said.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.