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Rhode Island man cited in early 2000s child sex abuse in Sheffield 

Vermont State Police
Vermont State Police investigated sexual abuse involving a child in Sheffield between 2001 and 2006. State police photo

A Rhode Island man has been accused of sexually abusing a child in Sheffield during the early 2000s. 

Jeffrey Touchette, 35, was cited Friday to appear in Caledonia County court on charges of sexual assault of a person under 16 and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child.

Touchette lives in West Warwick, Rhode Island, according to Vermont State Police. 

Detectives said that between 2001 and 2006, Touchette sexually assaulted the child at a residence in Sheffield.

The crimes began when the child was 7 and ended when the child turned 12, state police said.

Troopers provided no further details about the incidents. 

Touchette is due in court March 2. West Warwick officers helped issue the citation.

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