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Vt. police chief affirms promotion in porn case

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The Rutland police chief is standing by a decision to promote a sergeant found with thousands of pornographic images on his Police Department computer almost a decade ago. Chief James Baker, who became chief in January 2012, said he knew that Sergeant James Tarbell had been disciplined following the 2004 episode when he promoted Tarbell in March to lead the department’s bureau of criminal investigation. ‘‘I understood the risk I was taking and that this day would come when I would have to talk about why I have James Tarbell in a supervisory role in BCI,’’ Baker said. ‘‘The answer is there was nothing at that time or now to suggest that he has not learned his lesson.’’

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