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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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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.

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.

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.

Steve Bottari Joins WCAX as Morning Anchor

Steve Bottari has joined WCAX, the CBS-affiliate in Burlington, as weekday morning anchor.

Bottari joins Molly Smith and meteorologist Gary Sadowsky on the morning newscast. The New England native was most recently a video intern at USA Today. He has previously worked at WBIN, the independent station in Manchester, where he was a multimedia journalist.

“It’s an honor to be part of the community,” Bottari said in a statement. “We will keep the region informed with news, sports and weather and have a little fun as viewers start their day.”

Longtime WCAX Weathercaster Passes Away

Longtime WCAX weathercaster Stuart Hall passed away this week.  He was 90.

Hall joined the Burlington station in 1954, just two months after it went on the air.  He quickly became a familiar face to Vermont viewers, not only forecasting the weather but also hosting a quiz show. He eventually went on to serve as vice president of the station before retiring in 1990.

Along with Tony Adams and Richard Gallagher, Hall was part of one of the longest running news teams in the country. (WCAX’s tribute video above).

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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