St. Albans officer facing kidnapping and sexual assault charges

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 4:34 AM EDT
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A St. Albans Police officer will be in court Monday after police say he and his father kidnapped a woman.

The Vermont State Police investigation began Friday after a woman told them she had been sexually assaulted. Authorities say they learned that between 2003 and 2007 the victim was repeatedly threatened with bodily harm and sexually assaulted by Zachary Pigeon, 29, a police officer.

To stop her from coming forward, police say Zachary Pigeon and his father, Allen Pigeon, 56, went into her house on Sunday, April 5, while she was sleeping and forcibly removed her, physically assaulted her and threatened her.

Zachary's charges include aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, simple assault and obstruction of justice. Allen's charges include kidnapping, burglary, simple assault and obstruction of justice. They are both being held without bail and are scheduled to be in court Monday.

The incident is the latest in a string of scandals for the department that includes several allegations of excessive force by officers.

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