Former Essex County Police Chief Jeffrey Noyes is accused of having sex in his cruiser with a 15-year-old girl while on duty. And while Noyes, 54, admitted to having consensual sex with the alleged victim, he told state police investigators that it wasn’t until she was 18. The investigation into Noyes, who was the former police chief in Brighton and Canaan, began in February of 2022 and lasted almost a year. On Jan. 17, the Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office found probable cause to charge Noyes with felony sexual assault on a victim under 16 years of age. Noyes is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on Feb. 21 in Essex Superior Court. Noyes told police he had known the alleged victim for many years and that she asked for his personal phone number in case she ever needed a ride home. “Noyes then states, ‘there were probably some inappropriate conversations’ over the years that he shouldn’t have had with her,” wrote Detective Mattuchio. “He then stated he has probably had inappropriate conversations with many women over the years and he was not proud of them…He believed there were sexual conversations and flirting content.”Noyes faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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