Vermont State Police arrested Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton on Tuesday after investigating him for “domestic trouble” at his Middlebury, Vt., home in February, according to a Vermont State Police spokesperson.
The charges include two counts of sexual assault, one charge of unlawful restraint and one charge of domestic violence, police said.
If found guilty, Newton could be sentenced to life in prison.
The woman who accused Newton of sexual assault said he acted like his position as sheriff made him ‘above everyone,’ according to an affidavit from a state police detective. Vermont quoted by VTDigger.
The affidavit detailed how the woman allegedly turned to Newton for help because she was in an abusive relationship. The woman said Newton allegedly “took control” and had sex with her without her consent, according to the affidavit.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Newton’s attorney, Jason Sawyer, told the Chittenden County court that the sheriff was a “duly elected” official who would be willing to “just do paperwork,” according to VTDigger.
After his appearance, Newton said he was “still the sheriff” and would not resign despite a judge approving a request to bar him from performing “law enforcement duties.” law”.
In May, the sheriff announced he would not run for office and suggested people were hoping to tarnish his “good name”, New England Cable News reported.
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