NEW BRITAIN – A city man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12-year-old girl, who he hid in his apartment for days after she was reported missing, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Carlos Padilla, 23, of Martin Luther King Drive, was also sentenced to 15 years of probation during a hearing Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, according to judicial records. The sentence structure exposes him to as many as 12 years in prison if he violates his probation.
During a prior hearing, Padilla pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault.
Padilla was first arrested in January 2019 by New Britain police for allegations that date back to the previous October, when police said he had the 12-year-old girl in his apartment for at least four days while he repeatedly told officers he had no idea where the child was, according to police reports. The girl was reported missing by her mother on Oct. 5, 2018. Police put out a Silver Alert for the child and repeatedly contacted Padilla about her whereabouts.
During the investigation, police said they figured out Padilla was likely moving the girl to other parts of the apartment building as officers were headed to his apartment. They were able to nab him by hiding out near his apartment door on Oct. 9, 2018, the report said. They grabbed him when he peeked out the door and saw the girl was in the apartment, police said.
Padilla said she had just arrived, but the girl told officers she had been there for about four hours and “all of her laundry” was in a washing machine in the basement, indicating to police she had been staying with him since she disappeared four days prior, according to the report.
Padilla was then charged with risk of injury to a child. Judicial records indicate this charge was dropped.
As part of the investigation, detectives uncovered that the girl and Padilla had been in a sexual relationship for months before she went missing, police said. He was subsequently charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. According to judicial records, these charges were not pursued in light of Padilla’s plea to one count of second-degree sexual assault.
Padilla was also charged by Southington police with two counts each of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Police there allege he had sex with a 12-year-old girl in a Southington motel. This case was dropped in accordance with the plea bargain.
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