Vt. State Trooper Quits, Faced Investigation

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A Vermont state trooper has resigned after having been on paid leave pending a possible criminal investigation.

Eric Howley had been on leave since April 8 following a complaint about his conduct while he was on duty.

Col. Thomas L’Esperance told the Burlington Free Press that Howley resigned Tuesday. He declined to provide any details about the complaint. He said the Vermont Attorney General’s office will provide a final review to determine if any charges are warranted.

Attempts to reach the 40-year-old Howley were unsuccessful. He has been a state trooper for 7 ½ years and was assigned to the Brattleboro station.

Howley was part of a $135,000 out-of-court settlement in 2009 involving an excessive-force complaint. L’Esperance said at the time Howley and Trooper Brian Turner had his support.

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