For the second time in less than a week Brian Rooney found himself back in court facing charges unrelated to the Michelle Gardner-Quinn murder. However, Brian Rooney remains the primary suspect in Michelle’s murder. The charges faced by Rooney were also a result of the investigation into Michelle Gardner-Quinn’s disappearance.
For the second time in less than a week, Rooney entered not guilty pleas to sex charges brought as a result of the probe into Gardner-Quinn’s disappearance.
The new charges are aggravated sexual assault and inciting a felony.
Authorities accuse Rooney of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former girlfriend and soliciting someone to have her killed.
He was ordered held without bail. (WAVY 10)
Earlier this week Brian Rooney was facing charges that he sexually abused and raped a 14 year old girl 8 years earlier.
“The defendant jumped on her while she was in bed, forced a rag over face with an ether-type smell, when she woke up he was there with her. She had a feeling in her legs like they were jello,” says Matt Levine, Vt. Assistant Attorney General.
Rooney pled not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and sexual assault. His lawyer told the judge the sex charges should be dismissed. He claims they are a police tactic that permits them to hold Rooney while they look for the evidence to charge him with the murder of the UVM student. (WCAX)
Brian Rooney is being held on cash bail set at 150-thousand dollars on the sex crime charges. However, it does not appear that Rooney will be getting out any time soon. Vermont’s largest bail bond company, ZIGNA/Freedom Bail Bonds, rejected Rooney’s bail as they did not want to do business with the suspect. Can’t say we blame them.
Vermont’s largest bail bond company says Brian Rooney and his family have the assets to finance a bail loan, but the company just doesn’t want Rooney’s business.
Sprano says Rooney’s family has enough money and own enough property to secure the bail loan, but Sprano decided his company will not help Rooney get out of jail.
“After further reviewing the case we have decided to decline to write the bond,” Sprano explained.
“Due to the heinousness of the crimes, we’ve just decided against it,” he added. (WCAX)