Sunday, February 06, 2005

Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Suspended


February 5, 2005By LARRY SMITH, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

EAST WINDSOR -- An East Windsor police officer has been placed on paid suspension after being arrested by Yale University police Thursday on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping.

Rafael Crespo Jr., 29, is charged with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm and first-degree sexual assault. He is also charged with third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree threatening.

Lt. Mike Patten, a spokesman for the Yale University Police Department, declined to discuss the case - refusing to say when the crimes are alleged to have taken place or to give the gender of the victim. On Friday, Judge Richard Damiani ordered the warrant for Crespo's arrest sealed in Superior Court in New Haven, citing the law designed to protect the identity of sex crime victims.

Crespo, of East Hartford, has been with the East Windsor Police Department for about three years.East Windsor Police Chief Edward J. DeMarco Jr. said Friday that Crespo is suspended while Sgt. Michael Hannaford and Det. Matthew Carl conduct an internal investigation. He expects the inquiry to take about three weeks.

DeMarco said the incident is not alleged to have happened while Crespo was on duty, or in East Windsor. No other officer is under investigation, he added."This is an isolated incident that happened in [Yale's] jurisdiction," DeMarco said.

Yale police officers notified East Windsor police officials Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Crespo, DeMarco said. Three Yale detectives showed up shortly before Crespo arrived for work and took him into custody, he added.Carl said East Windsor police did not help with the Yale investigation and were unaware of the charges until Thursday.

Before his arrest Thursday, Crespo had one blemish on his record with East Windsor police, Carl said. He was suspended for one day for insubordination when he did not follow a sergeant's order, he said.

Crespo was sworn in as an East Windsor officer in March 2002. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served as a member of the diplomatic security force. He served in Burundi, Malta and the Philippines.

He grew up in Camden, N.J. and his family moved to Hartford in 1992, where he joined the police department's explorers.

Crespo recently help start an Explorers troop in East Windsor, officials said.

Staff writer Kim Martineau contributed to this story.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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