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Royalton Officer Resigns; FBI Visits Station

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/17/2017 12:44:45 AM
Modified: 9/17/2017 12:44:46 AM

Royalton — Senior police officer John Breault resigned from the Royalton Police Department days before agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the police station, Selectwoman Peggy Ainsworth confirmed Saturday afternoon.

“The Selectboard received John’s resignation for personal reasons,” Ainsworth said. “We accepted it.”

Ainsworth said the Selectboard has received no formal word from the FBI as to why it visited the police department, and was unsure whether it was connected to Breault’s resignation.

WCAX reported on Friday night that Breault had resigned on Monday, while the FBI visited the station on Wednesday.

Ainsworth said an ongoing effort to fill the vacant police chief position would be expanded to fill Breault’s position, as well. The resignation leaves Officer Gary Rogler as the only full-time member of the force.

In April, after 11 months on the job, Police Chief James Beraldi Jr. parted ways with the town over a difference of opinion in how the department should be run. In May, the town of Sharon stopped using the Royalton Police Department for coverage, and instead began relying on the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department.

A dispatcher for the sheriff’s department said there were no additional patrols operating in Royalton on Saturday afternoon, but referred broader questions about coverage to command officers, who were not available for comment. Vermont State Police from the Royalton Barracks were not available to answers questions Saturday.

There were no signs that the police station was occupied during two separate visits Saturday morning, with knocks on the door yielding no response.

Efforts to reach Breault, Town Administrator Rose Hemond, and Rogler on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be reached at mhonghet@vnews.com or 603-727-3211.




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