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Friday, October 13, 2006

Maynard firefighter charged with sex assault


A Maynard firefighter is charged with sexually assaulting a teenager during the past four years, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said today.

Anthony Tyler, 44, of Maynard, pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 during his arraignment in Concord District Court on Wednesday. He was released on personal recognizance, but was ordered by the judge not to have any contact with the victim or the victim's family, not to have any unsupervised contact with children under 16, to continue mental health treatment, and to stay away from Maynard.

According to authorities, Tyler knew the teen and allegedly sexually abused him, starting in 2002 when he was 14, and continuing until this year, when the victim was an 18-year-old high school senior. The alleged assaults occurred at Tyler's home in Maynard, as well as in his car in Acton and Sudbury, the district attorney's office said.

Tyler was arrested without incident on Tuesday after an investigation by the Maynard Police Department and the district attorney office's Child Abuse Division.

-- Sarah Kneezle

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