State Senator Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

May 7, 2015

Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister was arrested Thursday evening on sex charges, according to the Vermont State Police.

McAllister, a 63-year-old Republican from Highgate, has served in the Legislature since 2003, first as a member of the House and later in the Senate. State police spokesman Scott Waterman issued a release late Thursday saying VSP detectives assigned to the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations arrested McAllister and charged him with sexual assault, prohibited acts and human trafficking.

The charges stem from an investigation into complaints made against McAllister, according to police.

McAllister is being held at the Northwest Regional Correctional Center in St. Albans for lack of $20,000 bail. He will be arraigned in Franklin County District Court on Friday morning at 11 a.m.

Police said affidavits outlining the case against McAllister would be made public Friday following the arraignment.

This story was originally published by the Vermont Press Bureau and reprinted under a partnership with the bureau.