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Former Rutland Police Officer Convicted Of Neglect Of Duty

CONTACT: Matthew I. Levine, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

July 14, 2011

The Attorney General’s Office announced today that David Schauwecker of Brandon, Vermont pled no contest in Vermont Superior Court, Rutland Criminal Division, to one count of Neglect of Duty, a misdemeanor.

According to documents previously filed with the court, in late 2008 or early 2009 Schauwecker, while a member of the Rutland City Police Department, removed pornography that had been seized and stored as evidence and kept it for his own use. Schauwecker was not authorized to do this.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Schauwecker was sentenced to pay the statutory maximum fine of $1,000. Commenting on the resolution, General Sorrell said: “This criminal conviction should serve as a warning to those officials who would violate the public trust that such misconduct will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.” The investigation in this case was conducted by the Vermont State Police, with assistance from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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