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1 of 3 women to accuse Vermont senator in assault case dies

Jun 1, 2015, 3:48 PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A woman listed in court documents as one of three victims in a sexual assault case against a Vermont state senator has died.

The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1FZ0AnA) reported Monday state police say the unidentified woman died over the weekend, apparently of natural causes. An autopsy has been ordered.

The newspaper hasn’t reported which woman died.

Republican Sen. Norman McAllister was arrested May 7 outside the Statehouse. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts. He’s accused of demanding sex in exchange for rent and assaulting women who worked on his dairy farm.

He has refused calls to resign. His lawyer has declined to comment on the woman’s death.

It’s unclear what impact the death will have on the case against McAllister, who’s from Highgate.

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

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