Waterbury man accused of threatening juvenile with knife in Southington, sexually assaulting minor proceeding to trial

Published on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:28


SOUTHINGTON -- A Waterbury man who has been accused of threatening a juvenile with a knife before sexually assaulting the minor is heading to trial.

Miguel Ruiz, 53, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault of a minor and risk of injury to a minor. 

During a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court, Ruiz made it known that he intends to fight the charges against him. His case was added to the state’s trial list during the hearing, where it will remain until jury selection, unless Ruiz’s attorney and state prosecutors can come to an agreement on a plea bargain. 

Ruiz is free on $150,000 bond. He turned himself in on Aug. 21, 2020, after police announced they had a warrant for his arrest. 

Police said their investigation revealed that Ruiz “threatened a juvenile with a knife and sexually assaulted the juvenile on multiple occasions in the Town of Southington.” The victim was known to Ruiz, police added.

During a previous hearing, Ruiz was ordered not to contact the victim and to stay away from where the minor lives and goes to school.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:28. Updated: Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:30.