Adjutant General responds to allegations of sexual assault by Vermont National Guard member

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Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Gregory Knight held a live-streamed news conference on Thursday to address the reported misconduct of a guard member.

As first reported by Seven Days, Staff Sgt. Daniel Blodgett of Milton was arrested last week for aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated domestic assault. Knight condemned the alleged abuse, saying they “have no place in Vermont National Guard or in the military.

“Anybody who chooses to behave in such a way, they don’t deserve to be in uniform,” he said. “I’ll do everything in my authority to ensure that when I have the information of such behavior, I’ll take the strongest and most appropriate action that I am able, within the constraints of regulation and law.”

Knight added that anyone in the Guard who wants to report an abuse allegation can use a mobile app called “Reach Out”. It is available for free in all major app stores and it allows you to remain anonymous.

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