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Video shows aftermath of alleged sexual assault by von Keyserling

December 17, 2018

GREENWICH — Surveillance footage published Sunday reportedly shows the moments after Christopher von Keyserling, a former member of the Representative Town Meeting, allegedly sexually assaulted a town employee.

The video was posted by Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) to accompany an interview with the victim, identified by WNPR as Lynn Mason.

The video can be found at https://bit.ly/2A3ilFr.

The town rejected Freedom of Information requests for the footage by the Time and WNPR in July 2017, according to past reporting. The state Freedom of Information Commission overturned the denial, according to the WNPR story.

Von Keyserling, then 71, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident, which took place Dec. 9, 2016, according to past reporting. He was arrested in January 2017 and pleaded not guilty later in the month.

The case is expected to be heard by a jury. Von Keyserling, who had served as a member of the Representative Town Meeting for 32 years, was not re-elected in November 2017 in part because of the accusation and charge, which became a campaign issue.

Mason has filed a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, according to the WNPR story and accompanying documents, claiming that the town’s handling of the incident was discriminatory.

She told WNPR that the town’s response was a traumatic “second assault,” according to the report.

A CHRO staffer found that there was “reasonable cause for believing that a discriminatory practice has been or is being committed” as alleged in Mason’s case, according to a draft report posted by WNPR.

The staffer found that the woman’s bosses at the Nathaniel Witherell nursing home did not properly report the incident or accommodate Mason in her efforts to return to work.

In a statement to WNPR, Assistant Town Attorney Valerie Maze-Keeney contested the claims in the draft CHRO report, saying that the investigation was “incomplete” and, in any case, did not represent a final verdict on the complaint.

“There can be no doubt that the Town took prompt action to stop the alleged sexual harassment and no doubt the Town does not tolerate sexual harassment,” said Maze-Keeney in the statement.

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