This article by Jim Therrien originally appeared May 17 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — State Rep. Chris Bates, D-Bennington, issued a statement Friday in reaction to the release of information “involving certain indiscretions in my past, dating back, in some instances, 40 years.”
Bates, who was elected in November to a Bennington 2-1 House seat, said criminal charges he faced in Illinois involved incidents during his late teens and 20s and “altercations that led to misdemeanor charges of assault.”
Approximately 10 to 15 years ago, he said, “I accepted responsibility for and admitted to DUI charges arising from my prior struggles with alcohol use.”
The freshman lawmaker said he released the written statement after learning that “certain persons, in order, it seems, to advance their own personal interests, have published highly personal information about me .”
He and other local lawmakers said they had heard rumors about Bates having faced criminal charges, including that he might soon be arrested and extradited to Illinois because of some unresolved legal issues. Bates denied Friday that he faced arrest or extradition.
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