Vernon man charged for having images of child sexual abuse

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MONTPELIER — Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that a southern Vermont man was arraigned Friday on five felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse images.

Antonia Tyson, 53, of Vernon pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court in Barre, Donovan said. The court released him on conditions, which include limitations on his access to children.

Donovan said in a news release that Tyson was arrested after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered images of what appeared to be child sexual abuse on one of his electronic devices.

Donovan's office said it was unable to provide any details about the five felonies that were charged.

It also was unclear why Tyson was brought to Barre for arraignment instead of being processed locally at the courthouse in neighboring Brattleboro.

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