Friday, December 12, 2003

N.Ky. officer charged in sexual abuse

The Cincinnati Enquirer

NEWPORT - Police Capt. Cyril Sykes was arrested Thursday and booked on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

The longtime police captain was brought to the Campbell County Jail about noon Thursday, and booked on the charge before being released later in the afternoon, a jail official employee said.

The police department referred further inquiries about the arrest to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office in Frankfort. No was available for comment there Thursday night.

Sykes, 42, was suspended in October pending the outcome of internal investigation, police officials said at the time. An investigation was launched after another Newport Police officer made allegations against Sykes, police said.

"After interviews were conducted, the department felt there was enough information to contact (the prosecutor)," Police Chief Tom Fromme said in written statement in October. He said the prosecutor requested the investigation be handled by the state attorney general's office.

Sykes has been with the Newport Police Department since 1986.

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