Vermont senator charged in sex case removed from committees

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Posted: May 14, 2015 10:04 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state senator charged with sexual assault has been removed from two committees.

Republican Sen. Norm McAllister is accused of assaulting women who worked on his dairy farm.

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he's "extremely disappointed" McAllister hasn't resigned. Scott wrote Thursday in a letter to McAllister he doesn't believe McAllister's continued service is in the best interests of his constituents or the Senate as in institution.

Scott tells The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1cBKKnt ) the Committee on Committees has removed McAllister from two Senate committees.

McAllister has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts accusing him of demanding sex in exchange for rent and sexually assaulting an employee.

A defense lawyer says he has "a much different version of events" from the one prosecutors offer.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com