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One woman, identified as S. She claimed that McAllister subsequently raped her and forced her to have sex with him to pay for a portion of her rent for a trailer on the property. A third woman alleged that McAllister sexually assaulted her when she was a year-old intern for McAllister and while she also was working on the farm.
The case involving D. In the summer ofMcAllister went to trial in Franklin County Superior Court on the charges relating to the allegations by his former intern. That proceeding ended mid-trial, when it was disclosed that the woman had lied about details of her relationship with another person on the farm.
By the time McAllister came to court to begin jury selection on the third case in Januaryhe had been stripped of his elected position.
McAllister was facing one charge of sexual assault and two counts of procuring prostitution. Negotiations between the prosecution and the defense continued throughout the day on January However, McAllister soon retained a new lawyer, Robert Katims. Just a few days after he pled, he was allowed to withdraw the plea. In JuneKatims moved to dismiss the charges after he discovered that the prosecution had failed to disclose that S. Katims discovered that S. During those proceedings, she claimed to have been ly diagnosed with dissociative personality disorder.
She had also recanted her accusation against her husband, after swearing to its truth under oath on multiple occasions. The motion was denied and in JulyMcAllister went to trial. She said that her husband was in prison, she had lost custody of her children, and the half-way house where she was living said she had to leave in three weeks.
She said the job required caring for and milking the goats. When McAllister asked why he should hire her, she said she would be willing to do anything he needed done. Soon, S. She also testified that he once shoved his entire fist into her vagina.
The prosecution played a more than minute recording made by state police of a telephone conversation between S. During the call, they discussed their sexual relationship and how she had suffered pain during two particular incidents. When she said she was crying and asked him to stop, McAllister replied, "I truly didn't hear you say stop, or please don't or whatever. During another portion of the tape, S. She said that while most of her sexual contact consisted of her performing oral sex on him, they did have intercourse numerous times.
L also testified that McAllister had suggested that she could earn money by going around to various farms and offering to perform sex on migrant workers.
Defense attorney Katims cross-examined S. Katims also elicited evidence that during a domestic violence case against her husband, she told a judge she had difficulties with her memory and was once diagnosed with dissociative personality disorder. The prosecution was allowed to present evidence—over defense objection—of the claim made by S. McAllister testified that S. He said their relationship was consensual, and that the two incidents where S. McAllister denied suggesting that S. He said that S.
However, when the defense said this was a reference to the sex-for-electricity charge, the objection was never ruled upon and the matter was dropped. The judge ordered the jury to disregard that testimony that she had had sex for money in the past. On July 15,the jury convicted McAllister of the misdemeanor charge of procuring prostitution relating to the testimony regarding S. The jury acquitted McAllister on the remaining procuring prostitution charge and the sexual assault charge.
McAllister was sentenced to nine months to a year in jail, but the sentence was suspended except for 25 days of work crew, and he was placed on probation. In Novemberthe Vermont Supreme Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial.
The court ruled that the presentation of evidence relating to D. In AprilMcAllister went to trial again on the charge of sex-for-electricity, but a mistrial was declared when a juror admitted to seeing a television news report about the case while the trial was still going on. In OctoberMcAllister went to trial once more.
During this trial, he did not testify. Katims questioned S. In addition, S. On October 23,a jury acquitted McAllister. Norman McAllister. Other Vermont exonerations. Report an error or add more information about this case.