Longmeadow Man Pleads Guilty to Sexua...

Longmeadow Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of young girl

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KARMA

Lebanon, CT

#1 Apr 15, 2009
By GREG SMITH
Norwich Bulletin
Posted Mar 20, 2009 @ 11:15 PM

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/crime/x67 ...

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New London, Conn.— A 21-year-old Massachusetts man faces four years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to molesting a young girl starting when she was 5.

Nicholas Rufo of Holyoke, Mass., pleaded guilty to the charge of risk of injury to a minor, or illegal sexual contact with a victim younger than 16, a felony that carries a 20-year maximum sentence. Under terms of the plea agreement, Rufo will be required to register as a sexual offender. His attorney, public defender Peter Scillieri, has a right to argue for less prison time at his May 27 sentencing.

Prosecutor John P. Gravalec-Pannone said the victim was assaulted on multiple occasions between 2001 and 2005 on regular visits to the girl’s home in Lebanon. The assaults started when Rufo was 13 and continued until he was 15 or 16, Pannone said.

The abuse was first reported to state police in April.

“The victim never told anyone about the incidents because she was under the mistaken belief that she would be punished and permanently removed from the residence by (Department of Children and Families,) if she did,” according to the police report.

Police said Rufo would lure the girl into a room to play video games and touched her inappropriately. While recounting graphic details of the assaults, the victim and her mother broke into tears in the courtroom.

Pannone said the family of the victim is not happy with the proposed sentence and will have the right to air their thoughts at the time of sentencing.

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