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Top Flight owner charged with sexual assault

Published 10:45 am, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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The owner of the Top Flight Sports Center has been accused of sexually assaulting two children enrolled in the now-closed center's day care program, a New Milford police spokesman said Tuesday.

David Amory was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor, according to Lt. Larry Ash.

Mr. Amory turned himself in to police headquarters after police reached out to his lawyer, Lt. Ash said.

"As a result of our investigation, there were two alleged victims identified. The incidents occurred between 2011 and 2012," Lt. Ash said by telephone.

A state Department of Public Health spokeswoman had previously said a multi-agency investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct was triggered by a complaint lodged by officials at the multi-use sports facility in late June.

Among the violations laid out in the complaint were failure to ensure the safety of the children enrolled in the center's day care program, the spokeswoman said.

Top Flight, which was located along Pickett District Road in New Milford, closed in August due to "financial constraints," according to a statement posted on the center's website.

"Regretfully, Top Flight has made the tremendously difficult but necessary decision to close its business effective August 5, 2012," the statement read. "We have made a lot of friends and memories over the years and we thank each of you for making Top Flight such a great and fun place to be."

On Tuesday, Lt. Ash said he would not delve into the specifics of the case. Police have offered up little information about the victims or circumstances of the assaults.

Town officials had previously distanced themselves from the investigation.

Mayor Pat Murphy said Tuesday it was her policy never to comment on "active investigations, because you could say the wrong (thing)."

A call was placed Tuesday to the state Department of Public Health.

Mr. Amory, who is being held on $40,000 bond, was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Bantam Superior Court.

No further details were available.

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