In wake of the sex abuse scandal in Vermont Dept. of Corrections, Commissioner Mike Touchette has resigned.
"His resignation follows a report earlier this month in Seven Days about the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington, the state’s only prison for women. That report detailed allegations of sexual abuse and drug use by guards at the prison. Also, on Friday, the top two leaders of the Newport facility were placed on administrative leave after Touchette said a “credible report was made that warrants further assessment.” Asked if Touchette provided a reason for stepping down as corrections commissioner, Smith said, “I think it really took a toll on him, everything that was being said about him on social media, or messages that he was getting.”
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