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Corrections Commissioner on Officer Arrest: "I Have Zero Tolerance"

Waterbury, VT – Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) Commissioner Nicholas Deml issued a statement following the Thursday arrest of Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) Shift Supervisor Benjamin Mallery on charges of possession of child sex abuse material:

“The criminal allegations facing Benjamin Mallery are beyond concerning; they are abhorrent.  I have zero tolerance for those who endanger vulnerable populations here in Vermont or anywhere in the world. The alleged actions of Mr. Mallery do not reflect the values of the Department of Corrections.  The Department is proud of our staff: they are selfless, caring, brave public servants who put the well-being of each other and those in our care above all else.”

Officer Mallery is on administrative leave as of Thursday morning. Vermont DOC is conducting its own investigation into his conduct and will support law enforcement partners as they continue their investigation. The Vermont DOC Peer Support Team is at NECC to help staff and the Department is working to connect our team with resources to help them cope with this situation; this is standard practice for events that impact frontline staff.

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