Vermont EMT worker denies prostitution charge and obstructing justice

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A Vermont cop and longtime EMT worker was arraigned at Vermont Superior Court in Burlington Thursday on a prostitution charge.

Police say Lynn Doney, 57, of Barre paid a man for sex multiple times in Shelburne.

Police caught Doney as a result of an ongoing investigation into prostitution at Harbor Place, where the Champlain Housing Trust offers temporary emergency housing.

According to court paperwork, Doney had a physical relationship with a male prostitute for about four years.

Police say the two had know each other for nearly a decade after meeting through the Barre Town Ambulance Service. Investigators say the pair recently reconnected through Craigslist ads, offering money for sex.

Court paperwork shows they met multiple times and had sexual interactions on at least four occasions. Investigators say Doney paid the prostitute $32, but Doney told police he didn’t think of it as prostitution and wanted to help him out with paying rent at Harbor Place.

Doney was also charged with obstruction of justice because investigators say he knew the prostitute had an active arrest warrant.

Doney denied the charges Thursday in a Burlington courtroom by his side.

“We just got the paperwork a few minutes before I went in front of the judge so we hadn’t really the chance to talk about it or digest it all,” said Stephen Craddock, Doney’s attorney.

Doney has been placed on administrative leave from part-time positions with the Sheriff’s Office and Barre Town Police. Doney also works full-time with Barre Town Ambulance Service and is a selectboard member in Northfield.

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