PLAINVILLE - A New Britain man was arrested Thursday for tampering with a witness after allegedly trying to contact a domestic violence victim more than 150 times in about a week, telling her she shouldn't have called police and reported that she was assaulted in April.
David Rosario, 34, allegedly tried contacting his girlfriend - the victim of an assault case that landed him behind bars - 173 times by phone and sent her multiple letters between June 15-21, according to the warrant for his arrest. Police allege Rosario, who has been held on bond since April, used other inmates' names to send the letters, as he was barred by a judge from contacting the woman through a protective order.
According to the warrant, in one of the letters, the victim was ridiculed for contacting police in the first place when she was assaulted. The letter, police wrote in the warrant, also implied the victim may have been coached on what to tell authorities but that she didn't do as she was told. The writer of the letter, police said, also shamed the victim about being assaulted, saying she drove the assailant to it by her own actions.
Rosario was charged Thursday with tampering with a witness, second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and two counts of violation of a protective order. During his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court, Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, accused Rosario of staring the victim down as he was led into the courtroom by judicial marshals. He then, Lee said, was turned to face a judge by the marshal before he shook his head and smirked.
"This gentleman has to understand no means no," Judge John Cronan said of the alleged contact between Rosario and the victim.
Cronan issued him another order that forbids any contact and prohibits Rosario from coming within 100 yards of the woman. He set bail at $200,000 and continued the case to Aug. 15.
Rosario was first arrested April 28 in connection with multiple attacks on his girlfriend between April 22 and 25. Police allege he grabbed her by the throat, making it difficult for her to breathe, and knocked her to the ground, where he allegedly punched her numerous times in the head, face and right side of her body. The woman told police he only stopped the attack once he realized how badly she was bleeding.
Several days later, police allege, Rosario attacked her again, punching her in the head, causing her to fall onto the ground. On the ground, the woman said she was kicked in the ribs and head, at which point she believes she lost consciousness.
The woman reported the alleged abuse days after the incidents.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.