Southington rape suspect must stay away from accuser

Published on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:05
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A Southington man accused of sexual assault was ordered Tuesday to have no contact with his alleged victim.

His case had a stay placed on it in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday.

Justin Sanchez, charged with first-degree sexual assault, was told of the protective order Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court. He was previously scheduled to receive a disposition at that time.

A stay, which is a halt of court proceedings, was placed on the case instead. It was not clear to the criminal clerk’s office why that action was taken, and Sanchez’s attorney, Jake Donovan, did not return a request for comment.

Sanchez is due back in court June 4, where he is expected to receive his disposition.

He was arrested by Newington police on June 14, after a woman told police she had been raped.

The victim, a woman identified as having intellectual disabilities, told police she had been cracking Sanchez’ back for him because of pain he suffered as a result of his job as a plumber, according to the warrant for his arrest.

The woman and Sanchez lived in the same house, which belonged to the her grandmother. The grandmother would take in people who needed help, and Sanchez had a serious alcohol problem, the grandmother told police.

The woman went to Sanchez’ room one night in August 2017 to crack his back, the warrant said. Sanchez then began massaging the woman’s leg and eventually working his way to her genital area.

The victim told police she recalled asking, “What is happening?”

After Sanchez went back to his room in the basement, the woman went to the basement to get laundry, the warrant said. Sanchez approached her again and told her, “I’m not done.”

Sanchez then pulled down the shorts the woman was wearing and began raping her, the warrant said. She told him to stop but he didn’t, the warrant stated.

Police collected the shorts the woman was wearing that night, the warrant said. The DNA found - the woman’s and someone else’s - was 100 times more likely to include Sanchez’s DNA than that of an unknown individual, the DNA profile report stated.

Sanchez told police he had been drinking that night and was flirting with the woman, but denied raping her.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:05. Updated: Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:08.