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77-Year-Old Arrested for Sexual Abuse at Home Daycare

According to police, the suspect helped run the daycare and would occasionally supervise children

Thomas Claffey
Vermont State Police

A 77-year-old man was arrested Sunday for reports of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in a daycare facility he helped run in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Thomas Claffey faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

State police initially received a report on Thursday of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred at a home daycare facility in 2014. After an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Children and Families, Claffey was arrested in connection with the charges.

Claffey assisted with running the daycare and at times would aid in supervising the children, said police.

Claffey was released on bail and is due to appear in Caledonia Superior Court on Monday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Police are continuing the investigation by interviewing present and former families of the daycare.

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