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Former Orleans County Deputy Sheriff Charged With Neglect Of Duty And Criminal Trespass

CONTACT: Ultan Doyle, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5585

February 15, 2011

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Russell E. Lindemann, age 39, of Brownington, Vermont was arraigned on February 15, in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, Caledonia County, on one misdemeanor count of Neglect of Duty and one felony count of Unlawful Trespass.

According to papers filed in court, Mr. Lindemann is accused of executing a traffic stop without any lawful purpose while he was in his police cruiser, and entering a residence without the owner’s permission. Mr. Lindemann entered a plea of not guilty to both charges. If convicted of Neglect of Duty, he faces up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.00 or both, and if convicted of Unlawful Trespass, he faces up to three years in prison or a fine of up to $500.00 or both. The court imposed standard conditions of release that govern Mr. Lindemann’s conduct while his case is pending, including no contact with the alleged victim. Mr. Lindemann is no longer employed by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

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