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Man Extradited to Face Assault Charge

Benjamin Labelle is led into Lebanon Circuit Court for an extradition hearing yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Benjamin Labelle is led into Lebanon Circuit Court for an extradition hearing yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

Lebanon — A Lyme man waived extradition to Vermont yesterday and will face charges that he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old after providing the victim with drugs and alcohol.

Benjamin L. LaBelle, 30, appeared in Lebanon Circuit Court yesterday and waived his right to contest officials’ request to send him to Vermont. LaBelle, who was arrested at a work site on Lockehaven Road in Enfield on Thursday, is being held without bail and will likely be arraigned next week on a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault and other charges.

Authorities have released little information about the allegations against LaBelle. Windsor Superior Court Judge Robert Gerety issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday.

LaBelle was arrested by Enfield police around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, after Hartford police learned that LaBelle was in town, according to court documents.

In court, LaBelle, who was shackled at the waist and ankles, said little beyond “yes,” as Judge Lawrence MacLeod asked a series of questions about LaBelle’s understanding of the legal process.

However, at one point, after a prosecutor said a Vermont transport team would likely pick up LaBelle in the afternoon but the plans were uncertain, LaBelle seemed concerned.

“Are they going to come and get me?” LaBelle asked.

The judge answered that he had little control over the extradition, a process that is technically controlled by the governors of both states.

“I don’t have any authority in the executive branch of the state of Vermont,” MacLeod said. ‘But what I’m hearing is they will be here shortly.”

Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.