Bristol man accused of felony crime against child

BRISTOL — A local man who formerly headed a law enforcement organization targeting child abuse crimes is now facing allegations that he inappropriately touched a girl two years ago in Bristol.
Vermont State Police cited Arthur Cyr, 51, of Bristol on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child younger than 16, stemming from an alleged incident at a Bristol residence on Dec. 31, 2016.
Cyr, now retired, once served as a lieutenant with the Burlington Police Department and at one time led the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. The CUSI describes itself as “a multi-agency task force providing criminal investigative services in response to reports of sexual assault, other serious sexual offenses and serious child abuse and neglect,” according to its website.
The Vermont Department for Children and Families and the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted state police in their investigation of Cyr, which began on Dec. 14, 2018, following a referral from CUSI.
If convicted on the felony L&L charge, Cyr faces a punishment of up to two to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Cyr is slated to answer to the charge at the Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.

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