- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state Senate has voted to suspend one of its members while he awaits trial on sex crime charges (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says a state senator charged with sex crimes should resign.

Shumlin released a statement Wednesday after the state Senate voted 20-10 to suspend Sen. Norman McAllister.

McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

The Senate on Wednesday suspended McAllister until after the criminal case is resolved.

Shumlin said he should resign so the people of his district can be represented in the Senate.

McAllister has maintained his innocence.

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3:15 p.m.

A Vermont state senator says his reaction is “disappointment” after his colleagues voted to suspend him while he awaits trial on sex charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

McAllister said after the vote that the presumption of innocence “doesn’t matter here.” He says there’s a presumption of guilt.

By a vote of 20-10, the Senate Wednesday suspended McAllister until after the criminal case is resolved.

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2:45 p.m.

The Vermont Senate has voted to suspend a senator while he awaits trial on sex charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 3-2 last month to recommend his suspension.

By a vote of 20-10, the Senate Wednesday suspended McAllister until after the criminal case is resolved. An earlier measure to postpone the vote until after the criminal case was resolved failed.

McAllister has maintained his innocence.

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2:35 p.m.

The Vermont Senate has defeated a measure to postpone any legislative action against a senator while he awaits trial on sex charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 3-2 last month to recommend his suspension.

By a vote of 20-10, the Senate Wednesday defeated a measure to delay action until the criminal case is resolved. Supporters of the measure said it was keeping with the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

McAllister has maintained his innocence.

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2:20 p.m.

The Vermont Senate is in recess ahead of a vote that may postpone any legislative action against a senator while he awaits trial on sex charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 3-2 last month to recommend his suspension.

The Senate took a break Wednesday after Republican Sen. Margaret Flory of Rutland County proposed a measure to delay any action until the criminal case is resolved. Supporters say that’s in keeping with the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

McAllister has maintained his innocence.

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8 a.m.

The Vermont Senate is set to vote whether to suspend one of its members while he awaits trial on sex crime charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse on May 7 and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts; he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees on his Highgate dairy farm and solicited another for sex. One of his accusers worked for him for a time at the Statehouse as his intern.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 3-2 last month to recommend his suspension. Opponents say the Senate should wait until his criminal case concludes, in keeping with the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

McAllister was at the Statehouse on Tuesday, continuing to say he’s innocent.


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