PLAINVILLE - A local man, previously convicted in a child abuse case, was sentenced to prison on Tuesday after he violated his probation and skipped court.
Richard Martel, 26, of 14 Geneva Ave., accepted a plea bargain in Bristol Superior Court, accepting a prison sentence of two years and a day. He admitted to violating his probation and one count of failure to appear, after not showing up to a court date on April 6.
According to court documents, Martel’s probation was violated after he was arrested in Waterbury last July and accused of assaulting and threatening a woman. The warrant for his arrest said he punched her multiple times after sending her a text message that said he was going to “[expletive] you up.”
Martel, court papers said, also failed to complete substance abuse treatment and anger management therapy before his probation was violated.
Martel was convicted in August 2016 of third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. The charges stemmed from a case in which police said the mother of Martel’s 3-year-old child reported abuse of the child to officers in July 2015.
A state Department of Children and Families investigator, who was assigned to work on the case, reported noticing a large lump on the 3-year-old’s head, in addition to marks on her face, bruising on her legs and redness on her back, court papers said.
When asked “who did that to you?” the girl told the DCF investigator, “Daddy.”
The child’s mother told investigators that Martel began “really getting physical” with the 3-year-old about a month before reporting the abuse, according to court documents. She said he would pick the girl up by her neck and throw her onto the bed and smack her with an open hand.
Martel was sentenced in that case to five years in prison, suspended after service of 14 months, and three years of probation.
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