Convicted child abuser headed back to prison

Published on Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:01


PLAINVILLE - A local man, convicted in a child abuse case two years ago, was sentenced to prison Tuesday after violating probation last July and skipping a court date this past April.

Richard Martel, 26, of 14 Geneva Ave., took a plea bargain in Bristol Superior Court, accepting a prison sentence of two years and a day. He admitted to violating probation and one count of failure to appear, the latter for not showing up in court on April 6.

According to court documents, Martel violated probation when was arrested in Waterbury last July and accused of assaulting and threatening a woman.

Police said he punched her after sending her a text message saying he was going to “[expletive] you up.”

Martel, court papers said, also failed to complete substance abuse treatment and anger management therapy before violating probation.

Martel had been 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 in July 2015.

A state Department of Children and Families investigator, 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 she reported the abuse, according to court documents. She said he would pick the girl up by her neck, 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.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:01. Updated: Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:04.