Sex Offender Campaigns for Vermont Senate Seat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Larkin Forney has a pretty unconventional background for a political candidate: convicted sex offender, drunk driver, head injury victim, marijuana legalization advocate, prisoner.

The 31-year-old man says he's running for the state Senate in Vermont to bring public attention to flaws in the criminal justice system.

As he puts it: "All my skeletons are out in the open, while other people continue to deny theirs."

The sex charge stemmed from a 2002 incident in which he had sex with a 14-year-old girl. Forney pleaded guilty. He says the girl consented to sex and lied about her age.

Vermont law has no ban on people with criminal records running for office.

Forney is seeking one of six at-large seats in Vermont's most populous county. Thirteen other candidates are on the ballot.

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