SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man accused of assaulting a special needs child must soon decide whether he wants to take a plea deal.
Scott Squires, 42, was granted a continuance during a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court for his attorney to go over the plea bargain with him. Prosecutors indicated the next court date would be marked down as an “accept or reject” hearing - meaning Squires must take the deal or formally turn it down.
Turning down the plea bargain would leave Squires with the option of seeking a new deal from a judge or heading to trial.
Squires, who is free on $15,000 bond, was first arrested on Aug. 26, 2017, in connection with two warrants. Police said one of the warrants stemmed from an incident on Aug. 5, 2017, when he allegedly knocked a special needs child to the floor during a domestic dispute at a Southington residence.
The child suffered minor injuries.
Squires in that case faces charges of third-degree assault on a disabled person, third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
The other warrant, police said, stemmed from a domestic dispute on Aug. 7, 2017. In that case, according to police, Squires allegedly kicked someone and tried to force them out of a local home. The victim suffered minor injuries. He faces charges of third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace in that case.
Squires was arrested again on Oct. 4 after missing a court appearance in connection with his two assault cases. He faces one count each of first- and second-degree failure to appear.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.