Lebanon man, 54, pleads guilty to lewd conduct during teens’ sleepover

  • Jon Reisinger, of Lebanon, N.H., is sworn in during his remote change of plea hearing in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt., on Dec. 17, 2021. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/18/2021 8:19:18 AM
Modified: 12/18/2021 8:19:04 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A 54-year old Lebanon auto mechanic pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior during a teen sleepover at a home in Hartland more than two years ago.

Jon (Jonney) Richard Reisinger, of 2 Pine St. in Lebanon, pleaded guilty to the lesser charges in Vermont Superior Court during a video conference plea hearing after initially being charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child involving three teenage girls in September 2019.

Judge Elizabeth Mann approved a plea agreement that calls for Reisinger to serve six months in prison, with the rest of the five- to 10-year sentence suspended, followed by 10 years probation.

Approval of the sentence itself is pending completion of a pre-sentence evaluation report and psychosexual evaluation.

Reisinger had faced up to life in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted of the original charges.

He remains free on a $50,000 bail bond until formal sentencing at a later unspecified date.

Reisinger, who was staying at the house and knew two of the girls, was charged after police said he entered the rooms where the girls were sleeping, got into their beds and inappropriately touched them.

One of the girls and her mother walked into the Hartford police station and reported the alleged assault hours after it happened, according to a police affidavit.

At the conclusion of the nearly 20-minute plea hearing on Friday, when Mann asked the participants if there was anything further to add, Reisinger responded by answering “Yes. I’d like to apologize to the courts and families … ”

Reisinger’s attorney, C. Jordan Handy, cut him off in mid-sentence, explaining to his client, “They’re going to take your apology at the sentencing, but I know the court appreciates you (doing) that.”

Addressing Reisinger, Mann said, “That’s definitely true. … I may or may not be the judge who’s here for sentencing but I will say that, just a note for the record, the sincerity of the plea entered today is very clear from the demeanor demonstrated throughout the hearing.”

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.

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