Bloomingburg man sentenced on rape charge for having sex with underage girl

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MONTICELLO – A man, who was convicted in Sullivan County Court
on three counts of rape and other charges, was sentenced Friday by Judge
Michael McGuire to 18 years in state prison followed by 10 years of post-release
supervision. An order of protection in favor of the victim was also imposed.

District Attorney James Farrell said Vernon Newhall, 50, of Bloomingburg,
had a sexual relationship with a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 during
the period from November 2014 and September 2016.

Newhall engaged in several sex acts with the child. The events initially
went unreported, but the victim eventually told a school nurse with the
Sullivan County Family Violence Response Team being notified with an investigation
that led to his arrest on November 5, 2016.

The team is comprised of the Department of Family Services, State Police,
and the District Attorney’s Office and they investigate serious
cases of child abuse in Sullivan County. It was formed in the wake of
the murder of toddler Christopher Gardner in 1998.

Newhall was also convicted of criminal sexual act and endangering the
welfare of a child.

“The sexual assault of our children will not be tolerated,”
said Farrell. “We will continue to investigate, arrest, prosecute
and bring to justice these offenders and the sentence handed down today
is a powerful message to all the victims of these crimes that they will
be heard and we will seek justice on their behalf.”

Farrell said this victim “displayed tremendous courage and bravery
in coming forward to confront her abuser and her bravery should empower
others who are similarly situated to come forward.”