Monday, October 30, 2017 6:10 pm
140-year sentence issued in molestation case
JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette
A New Haven man accused of performing sex acts on his autistic son and two other boys was sentenced Monday to 140 years in prison.
The Journal Gazette is not naming the man in order to conceal the identity of his victims. The newspaper does not identify victims of sex crimes without their permission.
An Allen Superior Court jury found the 38-year-old man guilty in October of eight counts of child molesting. Five of those counts allege deviate sex with a victim younger than 14 years old.
Judge John Surbeck handed the man a 140-year prison sentence.
The man originally faced 11 counts when he was charged in late August 2016. Three counts were later dropped.
The charges allege the abuse lasted from 2011 to 2013.
The man's son was as young as 11 at the time he was molested. The two other boys are related to the accused through a former marriage, according to court documents.
His son, who is autistic, was visiting his father every other weekend when the molestation occurred, documents said. The man's wife told authorities she didn't see how the abuse was possible since she was with her husband all the time.
When the boy's mother confronted the accused with details, he asked her not to call the Department of Child Services or "he'd go to jail for the rest of his life," court records said.
The boy's mother found out when she overheard her son explaining to another son the activities that occurred in his father's bedroom.
In October 2014, the boy was interviewed at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children. The disclosures led to discovery of two more victims who were sent to the accused's apartment nearly every weekend. The visits stopped when parents heard the allegations.
One boy told authorities he once shot the accused with a BB gun when he tried to force the boy to perform the sex acts. The boys said they were forced into these sexual acts.
The accused denied the allegations and said he believed his son was referring to other family members after perhaps overhearing a conversation between his cousins, court records said.