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The prosecutor in Vermont state Sen. Norman McAllister's aborted rape trial says his accuser lied just once in her testimony, and expressed remorse immediately afterward.
In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Deputy State's Attorney Diane Wheeler provided the clearest details yet on why she dropped two felony sexual assault charges against the Franklin County Republican.
Wheeler says the 21-year-old woman told a state's attorney's office staff member just after the first day of testimony ended that she had lied when she denied in testimony that she had befriended and kissed a man she worked with on McAllister's farm.
Defense lawyer Brooks McArthur has maintained that the real reason charges were dropped was that there were numerous inconsistencies in the witness' sworn statements.