Ex-Lawmaker Seeks New Trial on Sex Charge

A former Vermont lawmaker convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances wants the conviction thrown out or to get a new trial.

Sixty-five-year-old Norman McAllister of Highgate Center was convicted in July of one misdemeanor count of prohibited acts. The Burlington Free Press reports that his attorney has filed paperwork arguing that the court was wrong to deny a pre-trial motion to dismiss the case. Attorney Bob Katims says he wasn't able to adequately prepare for trial because the state failed to immediately disclose evidence about a domestic assault case involving the woman.

Prosecutor Diane Wheeler says the materials were turned over when prosecutors learned of their existence.

Lawmakers voted to suspend McAllister, a Republican state senator, after his arrest in 2015.

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