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Navy veteran accused of sexual assault

A veteran who once served in the Navy says that an encounter he had with a woman at a local hotel was consensual. Despite this assertion, he was arrested on charges of sexual assault for the alleged incident. In total, he faces three different charges, including unlawful restraint.

The 43-year-old man, who is also a former Connecticut police trooper, was accused of sexually assaulting an 81-year-old woman in her hotel room. Visiting from out of state, she apparently met the man at the bar in the hotel that she was staying. Shortly after midnight, the pair retired to the alleged victim’s room. According to the former officer, both of them consented to go.

At 2 a.m., the woman’s son phoned police and reported the supposed assault. Responding officers reported that the woman did appear to have substantial injuries, and she was later taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. Neighbors of the man arrested and accused of assaulting this woman, as well as the president of the State Police Union, expressed surprise over the charges.

Allegations of sexual assault of almost any nature are generally not treated lightly. However, the former Connecticut officer has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal. When dealing with charges such as this, a vigorous defense is often utilized, while the opportunity for plea negotiations are also analyzed. The potential offer from the prosecution is then generally weighed against the evidence prosecutors intent to use in order to determine which path may offer the accused the most favorable result.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Former State Police Trooper Charged With Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman: Sources", Ari Mason, June 7, 2014

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