Greenwich’s double scandal

The town of Greenwich is dealing with two scandals, both involving members of the Representative Town Meeting or RTM.

The Greenwich Time reports RTM member Chris Von Keyserling  was arrested last Wednesday on a warrant related to an incident on December 9th at the town-owned Nathaniel Witherell, nursing home on Parsonage Road. Officials said Von Keyserling was arrested at Town Hall.

According to an arrest warrant , the incident began when von Keyserling had a brief political discussion with a 57-year-old female worker. Accoridng to court papers, the talks turned heated, and the woman went to her office.

“The encounter continued in the office, and when the woman rose to leave, she was pinched on her rear end by von Keyserling”, the paper said.

The woman later told investigators she detected “an evil look” in Von Keyserling’s eyes after a brief verbal exchange as she was leaving the office.

Von Keyserling’s lawyer, Phil Russell, called the charge “unrealistic.”

“In almost 30 years of practicing law in this town, I would say Mr. von Keyserling is the one person I would never suspect of having any inappropriate sexual predilections,” Russell told the paper.

Von Keyserling, in his 70’s, was released on $2,500 bond and given a court date of January 25th.

UPDATE (1/25/17) In an official statment, the Board of Selectmen has calle don VonKeyserling to resign his position.

In the other, even bigger scandal, another Republican RTM member resigned January 9th after being accused of child pornography possession.

Forty-six-year old Christopher Sandys, was arrested four days prior and charged with one count of possession of child porn. The arrest occured in the middle of his first term on the RTM after being appointed last March to fill a vacancy in District 1. Sandys was arrested as part of an undercover investigation by Connecticut State Police into so-called “peer to peer” child pornography image and video trading.

“Chris has led an exemplary life, highlighted by his graduation from the Air Force Academy and honorable discharge from the Air Force after a four-year enlistment. These types of cases are always very difficult but it’s simply too soon for me to have any comment on the charges,” Sandys lawyer Lindy Urso said.

Greenwich Police said they found a desktop computer belonging to Sandys with over 700 images of child pornography at his home on LeGrande Avenue.

Police said Sandys is due in court on January 20th.


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