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Criminal Charges Against Former WCAX Reporter Dropped After Apology

matt henson_304x200Former WCAX reporter Matt Henson had charges of prohibited acts and lewd and lascivious conduct dropped after he apologized to the alleged victim.

Henson was let go from the Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate after being accused of allegedly groping a woman at a bar in Lyndon.

Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren told the Burlington Free Press she dropped the charges after the apology.

“The complaining witness told us from the beginning that all she wanted from Henson was a sincere apology,” Warren said in the email.

Henson and the woman met April 9 in a conference room at Warren’s office. Henson apologized to the woman and she indicated to Warren she “was satisfied with his apology and wanted to move on with her life.”

Warren also said the woman supported the dismissal of the criminal case against Henson.

Henson issued a statement after the charges were dismissed saying he was “glad this year’s long nightmare is over and I can finally move on with my life.” He also thanked those who had supported him during the last year.

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

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.

WCAX Reporter Accused of Groping Female Student Pleads Not Guilty

WCAX reporter Matt Henson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and committing a prohibited act stemming from a March arrest, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Henson, who is currently suspended from the Burlington CBS affiliate, is accused of groping a female college student in a bar without her consent on two occasions on March 15.

Henson was released on condition that he not contact the student and he not visit the Packing House Bar, the site of the original incident, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Meteorologist Michael Page Joins WVNY-WFFF

Meteorologist Michael Page has joined WVNY-WFFF, the ABC and Fox affiliates in Burlington, Vt.

Page is a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He began at the stations last week.

“I’m so excited to introduce to you, our new meteorologist Michael Page! He is a native New Englander and an avid weather enthusiast,” chief meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin wrote on Facebook Sunday. “Look for Michael on Fox44 and ABC22 Weekends!”

First Lady Calls Herself ‘Single Mother’ During WCAX Interview

First Lady Michelle Obama described herself as a “busy single mother” during an interview with WCAX anchor Bridget Barry Caswell yesterday.

During an interview about the importance of eating healthy and making healthy foods available to children, the First Lady told the anchor for the Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate, “Believe me, as a busy single mother…or I shouldn’t say single…as a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got the husband who’s President it can feel a little single.” She then added, “But he’s there.”

The First Lady had planted a new spring garden with the help of elementary schoolkids from around the country and was making the local TV rounds as part of an effort to highlight childhood obesity. The President was away on a fundraising swing through California.

TVSpy has reached out to WCAX’s Bridget Barry Caswell for her take. We’ll update you when we hear back.

Nexstar Names New GM at Burlington’s WFFF-WVNY

Nexstar Broadcasting has named Roger Hess vice president and general manager of its newly acquired Burlington, VT, FOX and ABC affiliates WFFF-WVNY effective today.

“As a native New Englander, I am excited to serve the local communities throughout Vermont’s Champlain Valley and Upstate New York’s North Country,” Hess said in a statement. “The hallmark of my 30 years of professional experience in the Hartford and New Haven communities was strong community interaction and service and I am committed to delivering the same to viewers throughout the Burlington and Plattsburgh communities.”

Hess comes to WFFF-WVNY from WTNH-WCTX in the Hartford-New Haven, CT, market. From 1989 until 2012, Hess rose from account executive to director of sales at WTNH after the station merged with WCTX in 2007. Read more

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.

Nexstar Completes Purchase of WFFF-WVNY

Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting has completed the purchase of WFFF and WVNY, the Fox and ABC affiliates in Burlington, Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Nexstar bought the two stations from Smith Media, LLC for $16.9 million. Nexstar and Mission have entered into a local services agreement for Nexstar to provide sales and other services to WVNY.

“This transaction is consistent with our acquisition criteria as it further diversifies our operations, expands our scale, creates another new duopoly market and is financially accretive,” Nexstar chairman and CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

WPTZ Adds CW Programming on Subchannel

WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., has added CW programming on a digital subchannel weeknights from 8 to 10 p.m.

The digital subchannel will continue broadcasting classic shows as part of its MeTV affiliation during the day.

“The way we see it, great TV is great TV — no matter what your age,” WPTZ-WNNE president and general manager Kyle Grimes said in a statement. “We hope viewers will share our excitement for a station that pairs some of the country’s best new programming with its finest classic TV shows.”

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