Addison County sheriff arrested on sexual assault and other charges

Vermont State Police arrested Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton, 50, of Middlebury, on multiple counts, including sexual assault. Newton was arrested following a months-long investigation involving the Middlebury Police Department. He faces four counts, including two for sexual assault. State police spoke with the victim multiple times throughout the investigation to develop probable cause. Newton was arrested on Tuesday morning while carrying out contractor work on a building site in Middlebury. He was arrested Tuesday in Burlington. He has an unsecured bond of $100,000, which means if he doesn’t show up for upcoming court dates, he’ll have to pay. “I’m satisfied,” Washington County attorney Rory Thibault said. “I believe I have deliberated and made decisions that I believe help to ensure public safety and the safety of the victim in this case.” Newton cannot leave the state of Vermont and must remain at least 300 feet from the victim. He is also not allowed to perform law enforcement duties, but he can stay in his job as a sheriff. The Vermont Sheriffs Association shared a statement Tuesday afternoon that said in part, “The Vermont Sheriffs Association appreciates the courage and efforts of those involved in the investigation regarding Sheriff Peter Newton. We are grateful to have a justice system that prosecutes allegations made against a law enforcement officer that works to hold them accountable.” Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman called on Newton to resign immediately from “It is simply impossible for Sheriff Newton to continue to serve the community in law enforcement under the cloud of these very serious charges,” Silberman said in a statement. Editor’s note: Some details have been removed to further protect the victim’s identity.

Vermont State Police arrested Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton, 50, of Middlebury, on multiple counts, including sexual assault.

Newton was arrested following a month-long investigation involving the Middlebury Police Department. He faces four counts, including two for sexual assault.

State police spoke with the victim multiple times throughout the investigation to determine probable cause.

Newton was arrested on Tuesday morning while carrying out contractor work on a building site in Middlebury.

He was arrested Tuesday in Burlington. He walked out on an unsecured bond of $100,000, which means if he doesn’t show up for future court dates, he’ll have to pay.

“I’m satisfied,” Washington County attorney Rory Thibault said. “[The judge] I believe I have deliberated and made decisions that I believe help to ensure public safety and the safety of the victim in this case.”

Newton cannot leave the state of Vermont and must stay at least 300 feet from the victim. He is also not allowed to perform law enforcement duties, but he can stay in his job as a sheriff.

The Vermont Sheriff’s Association shared a statement Tuesday afternoon that said in part:

“The Vermont Sheriffs Association appreciates the courage and efforts of those involved in the investigation of Sheriff Peter Newton. We are grateful to have a justice system that prosecutes allegations against a law enforcement officer. who strives to hold them accountable.”

Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman called on Newton to step down from office immediately.

“It is simply impossible for Sheriff Newton to continue to serve the community as law enforcement under the cloud of these very serious charges,” Silberman said in a statement.

Editor’s note: Some details have been removed to better protect the victim’s identity.

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