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Prosecutor Dismisses Two Charges Against State Senator

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature
Norm McAllister

Prosecutors dismissed two sexual assault charges on Thursday against a Vermont state senator based on new evidence they say they received Wednesday night.
The surprise development Thursday ended the trial of Republican Sen. Norm McAllister, one day after it began.

McAllister, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, still faces a trial this fall on four other sex-offense charges.

WCAX television reports that the state’s attorney says the new evidence could affect the next case.

During the latest trial, a 21-year-old woman testified that he forced her to have oral sex in a barn at his farm and intercourse at his home in Franklin. The 4-foot, 11-inch woman, who weighs less than 100 pounds, spoke of up to 30 incidents in which she said McAllister, a foot taller and 230 pounds, overpowered her.

But McAllister's attorneys pointed to what they say were numerous inconsistencies in her sworn statements.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

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