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Personal Care Attendant Convicted of Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Drugs

CONTACT: Steven J. Monde, Assistant Attorney General,

February 5, 2013

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Cassandra Bashaw, age 24, of
St. Johnsbury, Vermont was convicted on February 4, 2013, in Vermont Superior Court for Caledonia County, on a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully possessing a Narcotic. The conviction stems from Ms. Bashaw’s employment as a personal care attendant at the Canterbury Inn, an assisted living facility, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Ms. Bashaw admitted to unlawfully possessing the narcotic, Vicodin.

Ms. Bashaw was sentenced to 0-12 months in jail, all suspended, and placed on one year of probation. In addition to standard conditions of probation, the Court imposed special conditions, ordering Ms. Bashaw to perform 100 hours of community service; to submit to urinalysis testing; to complete substance abuse counseling as directed by her probation officer; and to participate in the St. Johnsbury Community Justice Center’s restorative justice program. Ms. Bashaw is also prohibited from working in any setting providing care to vulnerable adults or where there is access to regulated drugs.

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