Stafford Springs man facing sex assault, risk of injury charges stemming from Southington incident

Published on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:01
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - A Stafford Springs man - on probation for a sexual assault conviction - faces sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor charges in connection with an incident in Southington on Saturday.

Andrew Prucha, 42, was arrested Tuesday by state police at a rest area off of Interstate-84, according to court documents. He was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault, illegal sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Court papers say the charges stem from an incident on Saturday in Southington, but the arrest warrant has been ordered sealed by a judge. Very few details were released Tuesday, during Prucha’s arraignment in Bristol Superior Court.

A judge ordered Prucha not to contact the two female victims, one of whom is reportedly a minor, while the case is pending. The judge also told him not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 years old.

A guardian ad litem was appointed in the matter. The guardian, an area attorney chosen by the court, will be assigned to make sure the minor victim’s best interests are met in any disposition.

According to court officials, Prucha is a registered sex offender because of a 2011 conviction on charges of first-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact. In that case, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, suspended after service of 84 months, and 10 years of probation.

According to the state’s sex offender website, the allegations in Prucha’s 2011 conviction involved a 10-year-old girl who was known to him. After fondling the girl’s chest and genital area, the sex offender website said, Prucha penetrated the girl’s vaginal area with his finger.

Prucha was released from prison on Aug. 1, 2017, in connection with that case, according to the sex offender website.

On Tuesday, Prucha was ordered held on $750,000 bond, and his case was continued to Sept. 7 for him to enter a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:01. Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:04.