A Vermont state senator is facing criminal charges of sexual assault, human trafficking and prohibited acts, the Vermont State Police confirmed Thursday night.
Sen. Norman H. McAllister, R-Franklin, 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 has been a successful large dairy farmer and active community member.
The Burlington Free Press was first to report that police arrested McAllister, 63, of Highgate on Thursday evening after he spent the day at the Statehouse working on legislative issues, including an education governance debate. State police plainclothes detectives confronted McAllister outside the Statehouse during a break in legislative debate late Thursday afternoon.
He is due to be arraigned at 11 a.m. Friday in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans.
The allegations include that he either accepted or solicited sex from two women in exchange for overdue rent, officials told the Free Press.
Judge Alison Arms ordered McAllister jailed for lack of $20,000 bail at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans Town.
A voice message left at the McAllister home Thursday night was not returned.
A sworn police statement outlining the allegations in more detail would be withheld until after the arraignment Friday, the state police said.
Gov. Peter Shumlin would have no comment Thursday night, spokesman Scott Coriell told the Free Press. Coriell said he thought it was premature to speak. He said it was possible Shumlin might speak once more information was made public at the court arraignment, but there was no guarantee.
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