Police: Greenwich town official charged with sexual assault

As News 12 has reported, police say Christopher von Keyserling admitted to pinching a woman but called it a

As News 12 has reported, police say Christopher von Keyserling admitted to pinching a woman but called it a "little pinch" and a "joke." (1/12/17)

GREENWICH - Greenwich police say a long-serving town official has been charged with sexual assault.

Police tell News 12 that Christopher von Keyserling, 71, was arrested Wednesday at Greenwich Town Hall. He has served on the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting board since 1985, according to the town clerk.

Police would not provide further details, but von Keyserling's attorney, Phil Russell, says his client was accused of inappropriately touching a woman in a workplace setting. He also calls the allegations outrageous.

"Von Keyserling playfully gave a lady who he knew for 30 years a pinch is what the accusation is," Russell says. "And somehow, everybody's wringing their hands and carrying on that this is a crime, and it just isn't."

The selectman's office released a statement saying: "The town has zero tolerance for this alleged behavior. For years we've had training programs in place for all employees and beyond but cannot comment because this is an allegation that will be adjudicated in the court of law."

Von Keyserling was released after posting $2,500 bond. It's currently unclear whether his position as an RTM member will be affected.

Last week, fellow RTM member Christopher Sandys, 46, resigned from his post after being arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

State police trying to identify both pedestrian, driver 1 Police: Person fatally struck by car on I-95 in Greenwich
Workers from New York headed to Stamford Tuesday 2 Striking Charter Communications workers protest in Stamford
State police trying to identify both pedestrian, driver 3 Police trying to identify pedestrian, driver in deadly I-95 accident
Police say the suspect went into a Chase 4 Police seek man suspected of robbing Greenwich businesses
Trump's keynote address last night at the Republican 5 Melania Trump's speech shrouded in controversy over plagiarism

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Court records say police traced more than 1,300 Greenwich man accused of collecting child porn resigns from RTM

Greenwich officials say the town leader accused of collecting pornographic pictures of children as young

Officials say Christopher Sandys is a member of Police: Town leader faces charges after pornographic images of children found

Police say a Greenwich town leader is facing charges this morning after they found a

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.