Norwalk cop may have thought alleged victim was 18

The Norwalk detective at the center of a sexual misconduct probe may have thought his alleged victim was of age.

Lt. Thomas Cummings is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a 15-year-old Weston boy he met on the Internet. The site, however, states "all members have contractually represented to us that they are 18 years of age or older."

Attorney Wayne Keeney, who is not involved in the case, said, "The lack of knowledge is not a defense. Now whether or not the Web site makes representations, we're talking about civil matters here, not criminal matters. It's no defense at this point."

The 24-year veteran has not yet been charged with any crime. Investigators searched the lieutenant's home and seized his computer more than a week ago.

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