Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Donovan Responds to Attorney Barr’s Allegation

March 20, 2018

Yesterday, Attorney Russell Barr made an allegation outside the Lamoille County courthouse that a state official involved in the state EB 5 program had sex with a minor in China (see VTDigger 3/19/18). In November 2017, the Barr Law Group made a public records request to the Attorney General’s Office for records pertaining to “an arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.” The Attorney General’s office immediately conducted a document review and responded to the request stating, “the Attorney General’s Office has no records relating to the arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.” The public can find this request and the Attorney General’s Office response on our website, here.

Additionally, similar requests have been made to other state agencies and to then Governor Shumlin’s office in 2014. There were no responsive documents to those requests.

Attorney General Donovan said: “Any allegation of child sexual abuse by a State Official, should be investigated regardless of where it occurred. I call on Attorney Barr to immediately turn over the evidence he has to the proper authorities whether they be state, federal or international so this matter can be properly investigated.”

November 2017 Request by Barr Law Group
November 2017 AGO Response

Last modified: March 20, 2018