Barre man indicted for hate crime

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BARRE — A Barre man was indicted this week for two violations of interfering with housing rights after he is alleged to have repeatedly threatened and intimidated a family because members of the family are Hispanic.

According to the two-count indictment, on July 29, 2019, Stuart Kurt Rollins, 58, threatened and intimidated members of a family, including three minors, because of their race and national origin and because they live in a home across the street from Rollins.

According to court documents, Rollins shouted derogatory comments about the family’s perceived national origin, told family members to go back to their country, and threatened both to burn down the family’s home and to set family members on fire.

Rollins appeared in the District Court of Vermont in Burlington today.

He remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, November 27th.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment.