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Reporter Facing Sexual Misconduct Charges Let Go From WCAX

Matt Henson, a reporter facing sexual misconduct charges stemming from an incident in March, has been let go by Burlington CBS affiliate WCAX.

“We decided to part ways. Matt was very understanding and took it very well. He took it like a pro,” news director Anson Tebbetts told the Burlington Free Press.

Henson has been suspended from the station since he was accused of groping a woman “under her clothing without her consent on two occasions.” He pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and committing a prohibited act in April.

Tebbets said the station is launching early-morning weekend newscasts and needed to fill Henson’s position. “We couldn’t hold the position forever, and it wasn’t being resolved,” he said.

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Matt Henson Suspended From WCAX After Alleged Groping Incident

WCAX reporter Matt Henson, 30, has been suspended from the Burlington CBS affiliate after he was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly groping a woman “under her clothing without her consent on two occasions.” The Burlington Free Press has details of the incident:

Police say Henson groped a woman at a Lyndonville bar Thursday night and fought with the bar’s staff. He’s charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, and disorderly conduct.

Police say Henson, 30, of South Burlington groped a woman under her clothing without her consent on two occasions early Friday at the Packing House bar, then followed her outside and “forcibly pinned her against a wall,” the Lyndonville Police Department said in a statement Friday night.

The woman was able to get away, and bouncers restrained Henson until police arrived, according to the statement.

Henson’s blood alcohol content was 0.194 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving, according to the Free Press. He is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court on April 22.

In a statement, WCAX news director Anson Tebbetts said Henson has been “put on leave effective immediately as we try to learn more about these allegations.” Henson’s bio has been stripped from the WCAX website.

WCAX Reporter Andy Potter to Retire After 14 Years

WCAX, the CBS-affiliate in Burlington, VT, is saying goodbye to reporter Andy Potter after 14 years.

Potter, a Vietnam veteran, announced his retirement on Friday, citing a desire to slow down after his recent knee-replacement surgery. “It’s been an honor to be able to tell the stories of Vermonters over the years,” said Potter in a statement. “I’m looking forward to a slower beat in the days ahead.”

The veteran journalist, a graduate of Vermont’s Middlebury College, worked at several local radio stations before joining WCAX in 1997. “Andy has promised he will help us with special projects,” said news director Anson Tebbetts. “Don’t be surprised to see Andy in the future.”

Bianca Slota Anchors WCAX Newscasts After Accepting Government Position

Earlier this month WCAX reporter Bianca Slota accepted a position with Vermont Governor-elect Peter Shumlin so some viewers in Burlington have been surprised to see her anchoring the station’s Sunday night newscast.

Slota, who joined Burlington’s CBS-affiliate in 2007, is set to become Shumlin’s press secretary once he takes office.  Her final day with WCAX is Thursday but Terri Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press wonders why she was ever allowed at the anchor desk…

As an anchor she was in a position to deliver news of all kinds, including government and political news. At the same time,  she is getting ready to take a job that involves controlling government and political news, which is sort of the opposite of delivering the news.

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