- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) - A 76-year-old day care provider near Burlington is being charged with child abusing following accusations of inappropriate behavior.

Robert Brooks, of Essex, was arrested Sunday and has been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a 5-year-old girl. The girl attended the day care, which Brooks and his wife operate out of their home.

They are licensed to care for six children. The incident was reported about a month ago.

Sgt. Mike Warren of the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations would not comment on how they learned of the accusations until after Brooks is arraigned. He says he is not aware of any past issues with the day care.

The arraignment is set for Tuesday in Chittenden County Criminal Court.

WCAX reached out to Brooks. He had no comment.

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