- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - The Latest on the sexual assault trial of former Vermont lawmaker Norm McAllister (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

A former Vermont lawmaker accused of soliciting sex from a farmhand instead of rent has been found guilty of one count of prohibited acts.

WCAX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2tVoXBm ) the verdict in the trial of former Republican state Sen. Norm McAllister came Friday night. The 65-year-old McAllister was found not guilty on other counts sexual assault and prohibited acts.

McAllister said Friday that the woman started the relationship with him and it helped him overcome the loss of his wife. But the woman had testified Thursday about their more than two-year-sexual relationship, saying “none of it felt consensual.”

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12:35 p.m.

A former Vermont lawmaker accused of soliciting sex from a farmhand instead of rent has taken the stand in his sexual assault trial.

WCAX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2uibN42) former Republican state Sen. Norm McAllister said Friday that the woman started the relationship with him and it helped him overcome the loss of his wife.

The woman had testified the day before about their more than two-year-sexual relationship. She said “none of it felt consensual.”

The 65-year-old McAllister has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and prohibited acts and maintains he’s innocent.

Charges were dismissed against McAllister in a sexual assault trial involving a different accuser who lied last year.

McAllister’s colleagues voted to suspend him after his arrest in May 2015.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, https://www.wcax.com


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