Ex-CCSU employee defies attorney's advice in assault defense

Published on Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:02
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A former Central Connecticut State University employee appeared in court last week, accused of assaulting his wife, and claimed as part of his defense that his wife had been having an affair.

Christopher Dukes told Judge Laura F. Baldini in Hartford Superior Court - against his lawyer’s advice - that he has 3,000 documents proving the affair and the state should investigate his claim.

“My wife swat at my children and I that night, and that has not been entertained,” Dukes said. “She did so to protect her adulterous affair. I know that. I have 3,000 pieces of evidence in this courtroom in my bag to support that.”

Dukes is charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree strangulation/suffocating, third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He allegedly tied up his wife with duct tape, held her against her will in the basement and beat her to get her to divulge the information that he wanted. The couple’s children were sleeping on the second floor of their Hartford home as the attack occurred, court reports said.

“She had every reason to falsify that statement, that 9-1-1 call. And I’ve been subject to severe financial impact - my children, it’s emotional distress - because no one has explored that route with her,” Dukes said. “They bought everything she said hook, line and sinker, and it’s very discerning to me.”

In addition to an attempt to hit, swatting can mean placing a fake 9-1-1 call to summon a large police response to an area.

Prosecutor Vicki Melchiorre told The Herald this week she would be happy to review any documents Dukes would like to share, once Dukes’ attorney makes the arrangements to share them. She added that, if someone is having an affair, the parties should seek a divorce.

Dukes was the director of the Office of Student Conduct at CCSU before he was fired in December. Janice Palmer, spokeswoman for CCSU, said she couldn’t comment further because it is a personnel matter.

Dukes is due back in Hartford Superior Court on March 7. He is free on a $450,000 bond.

Attorney Anthony Spinella, who represents Dukes, did not return a request for comment.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:02. Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:05.