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More Sexual Assault Charges For Vernon Nurse Practitioner

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Jay Mohler-Avery, Candace Merriam (Courtesy Vernon Police)

Jay Mohler-Avery, Candace Merriam (Courtesy Vernon Police)

A Hartford man who ran a medical practice in Vernon and was already arrested on charges of attempting to sexually assault an 18-month-old girl is now arrested on additional charges by Hartford police.

Vernon and Hartford police say they’ve uncovered evidence at the home of Jay T. Mohler-Avery, 44, that shows the repeated sexual assault of a girl 3- to 4-years-old at his home from September 2010 to January 2011.

He was arraigned Thursday, bail set at $50,000 on top of $1 million from his prior charges.

A woman who lived with Mohler-Avery and was previously charged along with him, Candace Merriam, 47, was arrested earlier this week for also sexually assaulting that same child.

The girl was the daughter of a woman that had lived with Mohler-Avery for sometime after the two met online.

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