Amory's sexual assault trial to start soon
Published 3:25 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Amory, 50, entered a not guilty plea at the time of his arrest in October 2012 on charges of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.
He faces updated charges of two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault of a victim older than 2 years but younger than 13 years old, for which he has not entered a plea, and two counts of illegal sexual contact, for which he has pleaded not guilty.
The charges, stemming from incidents in January 2011 and June 2012 at the sports center in New Milford, carry sentences of one to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Amory is free on $30,000 bond.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a 7-year-old girl claimed Amory "was rubbing his hands over her private parts" while she sat on his lap watching a movie.
The court papers indicate the girl told two female employees about the incident and they reported it to the center's child-care director, whose call to the state Department of Children and Families hotline eventually led to criminal charges against Amory, who lived in Brookfield at the time.
During the course of the joint police, DCF and state Department of Health investigations, authorities also interviewed two other young girls and their parents, who said Amory had also rubbed the girls' bare skin near the buttocks and genitals while holding them on his lap.
Court documents show only one of the complaints led to criminal charges.
The sports center along Pickett District Road in New Milford closed Aug. 5, 2012, citing "financial constraints" on its website.
According to the affidavit, Amory voluntarily surrendered its child day care license, effective June 29, 2012, as a result of the health department investigation "related to the health, safety or welfare of the children attending the facility."
In a statement to the police included in the affidavit, Amory denied doing anything improper and said he only had his right arm around the girl's waist so she wouldn't fall.