Vermont v. ReynoldsAnnotate this Case
Defendant Leo Reynolds was charged with four felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one felony count of aggravated sexual assault on a victim younger than thirteen. Defendant was sixty-seven years old at the time of the charged conduct, and the alleged victim, defendant’s neighbor Z.Z., was seven years old. Defendant filed a motion to suppress in October 2014, arguing that the incriminating statements he made were the product of police coercion and thus taken in violation of his constitutional rights. In an interlocutory appeal, the State challenged the trial court’s suppression of defendant’s pre-arrest confession to police. The State argued that the court erred in concluding that the confession was involuntarily made. Finding no reversible error in the trial court's suppression order, the Supreme Court affirmed.