Vermont man charged with hate crime to be held

November 28, 2019 GMT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Barre, Vermont, man indicted on a hate crime charge to be held in prison.

Fifty-eight-year-old Stuart Rollins is accused of repeatedly threatening and intimidating a Hispanic family who lived across the street from him.

He pleaded not guilty last week.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Rollins intimidated the family, including minors, in July because of their race and national origin. The indictment says Rollins’ intimidation included threatening to burn down their home and set family members on fire.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered him held because of his history of violence and because no mental treatment plan was in place.

Rollins has multiple convictions of assault and sex crimes with a child and had been going through mental health counseling.