State trooper from Bradford accused of domestic assault

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BRADFORD — A 25-year-old police officer from Bradford was cited for domestic assault following an investigation that began in December of 2020.

Nicholas Cianci was cited on suspicion of physically assaulting and threatening a woman with whom he was in a relationship.

Cianci is a detective trooper with the Vermont State Police assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Police say he has been on paid relief from duty since Dec. 7, 2020 and his current status as of March 3 is unpaid relief from duty while the investigation continues.

As the investigation began, he was in a temporary relief-from-abuse order against Cianci and the victim spoke with detectives in early December.

Members of the state police worked closely with the office of Grand Isle County State’s Attorney Douglas DiSabito on the investigation.

The Orange County State’s Attorney’s Office recused itself from involvement in the case.

The case’s lead investigator was assigned from the Westminster barracks to avoid any potential conflicts of interest in pursuing the matter.

Police say Cianci was cited on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault and ordered to appear for arraignment in court on March 25.

He has been a trooper for three years.

He was assigned as a road trooper to the St. Johnsbury barracks following his graduation from the Vermont Police Academy in July 2018, then transferred to the position of detective trooper in August 2020.

State Police say they are unable to comment further at this time.