Caledonia County, VT

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Caledonia County has a population of about 30,000 and is located in the northeastern part of Vermont. Its government seat and population center is the town of St. Johnsbury.  Law enforcement agencies within the county are not known to have conducted reverse stings or used most other tactics proactively targeting demand.  However, there have been arrests of sex buyers following by loss of employment and publicizing their identities.  In August, 2021, a former captain with the Caledonia County sheriff’s department was charged with misdemeanor “suspicion of prostitution” and “prohibited conduct” based on allegations that he sought nude photographs and/or sex in exchange for money from women involved with the criminal justice system. The Vermont State Police announced that the man had been cited and ordered to appear in court to be charged.  The state police investigation began in April 2020 after the St. Johnsbury Police Department uncovered allegations involving the man during one of its investigations. The investigation was reportedly for several crimes, including extortion, threats, prostitution, and obstruction of justice. The man was suspended with pay in April 2020 after the allegations first surfaced, and subsequently left the department in October 2020. The Caledonia County Sheriff confirmed the man had left the department, but would not say why. The Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office asked the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigations to take the case. State police investigators worked with the Windham County State’s Attorney after the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office recused itself.

Key Partners

  • Caledonia County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Johnsbury Police Department
  • Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Vermont Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Shaming and Loss of Employment:

Background on Prostitution and Sex trafficking in the Region:

State Vermont
Type County
Population 30224
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