Randal Szendy has taken a plea under the Alford plea law to a charge of sexually assaulting a woman in 2010.

Szendy, 23, used the Alford plea in response to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint during Friday's case in state Superior Court in Litchfield.

When Szendy was arraigned in July 2012, it was on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree kidnapping.

By using the Alford plea, Szendy acknowledged he believed the state has enough evidence to convict him had the case gone to trial while technically not pleading guilty to the charge.

It allows the defendant to plea bargain with the state. When a judge accepts the Alford plea, a guilty finding is made on the record.

According to court documents, Szendy left a July 4, 2010 party at which he had been drinking with a woman to whom he started to give a ride home.

Instead, Szendy drove to the New Milford High School parking lot, where he restrained the woman, prevented her from calling for help and raped her, according to court records.

Szendy is scheduled July 26 for sentencing.

His plea agreement includes a five-year suspended prison term and five years of probation. Szendy must register as a sex offender for 10 years, the court confirmed.

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