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  Vermont Senate votes to suspend lawmaker facing sex charges
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 07, 2016 09:09pm
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AuthorDave Gram
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News DateThursday, January 7, 2016 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In an action with no precedent in Vermont, the state Senate voted Wednesday to suspend a lawmaker who faces criminal sex charges that could send him to prison for life.

Sen. Norman McAllister, a Franklin County Republican, was arrested May 7 outside the Statehouse and arraigned the next day on three counts of felony sexual assault and three counts of misdemeanor prohibited acts.

Prosecutors say McAllister sexually assaulted two women who were tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited a third for sex. One of his accusers worked for him at the Statehouse as an assistant. Trial is tentatively set for February but delays are expected.

McAllister, 64, has maintained his innocence and rejected calls for his resignation — including from Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott — saying he intended to continue with "the job I was elected to do."
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