Vermont Republican Arrested For Sexual Assault, Pressuring Women To Pay Rent With Sex

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A Republican Vermont state senator was arrested on Thursday with charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts.

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According to the Burlington Free Press, Sen. Norman H. McAllister (R-Franklin), 63, was arraigned shortly after 11 a.m. in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans. He was charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of prohibited acts.

The charges carry a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

McAllister was released on $20,000 bai;.

Defense lawyer Brooks McArthur said, “We ask people not to rush to judgment.”

McAllister allegedly sought sex instead of rent payments from two different women, neither of whom wanted to participate.

The authorities also say that McAllister told at least one of the women that she could reduce her rent payments by having sex with Mexican farm workers. McAllister is a dairy and goat farmer.

The Burlington Free Press reports:

Court papers also describe a third victim, whom McAllister is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting since 2013….

McAllister is in the midst of his second two-year term as a Republican senator covering most of Franklin County and the town of Alburgh in Grand Isle County. He previously served in the House.

“I don’t remember any lawmaker ever being arrested in my life in public service in Vermont,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Obviously, it’s extremely troubling.”

According to court papers, the investigation into McAllister’s conduct began Monday, and over the following days, police had both women place recorded phone calls to the senator. In the conversations, which are quoted in a sworn police affidavit by Detective Sgt. Benjamin Katz of the Vermont State Police, McAllister makes allusions to exchanging sex for rent payments he is due.

He also apologizes to one of the women for sex acts that caused her physical and emotional pain in the past, and for forcing her to participate in unwelcome sexual conduct, Katz wrote.



Watch courtesy of the Burlington Free Press:

“I knew I was forcing you to do something you didn’t want to do,” McAllister told the woman.

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H/T: TPM.

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