BENNINGTON - A former Bennington County Sheriff's Department deputy is being charged with possession and sale of drugs, forgery, counterfeiting documents, neglect of duty, and extortion.

Gary Harrington, who has been terminated from his position at the sheriff's department, will answer these charges in Vermont Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m, according to the Sheriff's Department. Harrington was arrested Wednesday by the Bennington Police Department and held on $10,000 bail.

According to Bennington County Sheriff Chad D. Schmidt, Harrington was assigned a variety of different tasks at the department, among them security details at Mount Anthony Union High School.

"Let me be clear that the investigation has uncovered no criminal conduct by Mr. Harrington while on duty at the high school," Schmidt said in a release.

He also said the department's prescription drug take back program is not involved.

The department offered no details on the allegations against Harrington, however such information typically becomes public after an arraignment hearing. This article will be updated when more information is available.

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