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Animal control officer denies prohibited acts

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A former animal control officer was in court Tuesday, charged with soliciting women to expose themselves. Gary Francis is accused of asking two women to show him their breasts for money. Francis pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges as one of the women who reported Francis to police sat in the courtroom.

Tammy Premo has been waiting for Francis' court date since their alleged encounter March 25. Premo had called the Essex Police Department inquiring about financial assistance with registering a pet and was told to contact Francis.

"My fiancé's ex had a dog and the dog recently came back to us. And I was told to go to (Francis) for funding and that's how all of it came about," Premo explained. "And that was his only funding, so I told him that I didn't want nothing to do with him."

That only funding was $20 Francis allegedly offered in exchange to see Premo's breasts, but she didn't do it. Premo convinced another woman to come forward who says she, too, was approached by Francis. Francis is now prohibited from contacting either woman.

"I've put a no trespass on him, he cannot talk to me, he cannot go to my house, he cannot be near me," Premo said.

Premo will begin counseling Wednesday to help her deal with the alleged encounter with Francis.

"I hope he actually goes to jail for a while and then gets on supervision," she said.

Francis resigned from his jobs as animal control officer in Winooski, Colchester and Essex. He is due back in court June 14.

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