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Massachusetts Man Charged in Groping of Woman, Teen at Vermont Marathon

Police in Burlington say they've caught the man responsible for groping a woman and a teen at a marathon in Vermont last weekend.

John Discola pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felonies for lewd and lascivious conduct, one of which was with a child.

Police say Discola stared down a woman and a 14-year-old girl Sunday at the Vermont City Marathon, then grabbed their buttocks' in and around Battery Park.

The lawyer for the 37-year-old Massachusetts native says he wanted to lower Discola's bail from $25,000, but the judge says his inability to pay did not make it excessive.

Prosecutors say Discola is a person of interest in other crimes. He had a sexual assault charge dropped against him last month.

His next court appearance in July. 

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