Teen arraigned on sexual assault charge
and Melissa Bruen
A police investigation of a home invasion and sexual assault that allegedly occurred at Willow Springs condominiums the morning of Aug. 6 resulted in the arrest the next day of a 15-year-old boy who lives at the complex.
The youth, whose identity is protected because of his age, was questioned the morning of the alleged attack but allowed to return home. He remained under police guard until Aug. 7 at 1:54 a.m. when New Milford police obtained a signed warrant for his arrest.
The boy, who will be a sophomore this fall at New Milford High School, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree strangulation, and first-degree burglary.
He was arraigned Aug. 11 in Litchfield Superior Court. Within 10 days, it will be decided if the case would be returned to Juvenile Court or if the boy would be adjudicated as an adult.
If he were to be tried as an adult, the boy's name and the proceedings, as well as well as information about the crime, will be made public.
Details as known at this time are that the 25-year-old female victim was assaulted in her first-floor condo, according to police. During the assault she lost consciousness, but she called police at 2:49 a.m., some time after she had regained consciousness.
The victim was subsequently transported to New Milford Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The New Milford Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau and the State Police Major Crimes Unit investigated the incident. On the scene, they paid particular attention to the front window of the unit -- dusting for fingerprints and taking photographs.
People at Willow Springs, which has about 300 residents, were angered and dismayed this week about the crime. Neighbors to the victim said she is new to the complex.
"It's absolutely horrible," said Nancy Mosono, who for the last 14 years has lived almost directly across from the site of the alleged attack.
Equally disturbing to some residents is that they know the suspect. Ms. Mosono said she hopes he is treated as an adult, not a juvenile.