NEW BRITAIN – A city man has been sentenced to prison for having sexual contact with a minor.
Jose Rodriguez, 35, faced sentencing Thursday in New Britain Superior Court, where a judge ordered he serve eight years behind bars, online court records show.
The prison term will be followed by 20 years of probation, during which time he will be exposed to an additional 12 years in prison should a violation occur, a judge ordered.
Rodriguez in February struck a plea deal in his case. He pleaded guilty at that time to one count of illegal sexual contact with a victim under 16.
In exchange for the plea, numerous charges were dropped, including three additional counts of illegal sexual contact, three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and a single count each of risk of injury to a child and first-degree sexual assault.
Many of the charges levied against Rodriguez indicated that the victim in his case was under 13 years old at the time of the incidents – which go back to 2010 and 2011.
Department of Correction records indicate Rodriguez is being held at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield. DOC records also say, in addition to illegal sexual contact case, he was also being held in connection with a five-year prison sentence handed down in 2019 on charges of criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree assault.
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