Fairfield Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen With Autism At Stratford Funeral Home
STRATFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 74-year-old man has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wake service at a Stratford, Conn. funeral home back in 2012.
Fairfield resident Robert J. Purcell was charged with second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and public indecency, according to the Connecticut Post.
Purcell, who turned himself in on Monday, was released on $100,000 bond.
According to authorities, the victim, a 15-year-old boy with autism, had been attending his grandmother’s wake at Pistey Funeral Home on April 9, 2012 when the alleged assault took place in the bathroom.
Purcell was arraigned in Superior Court on charges of sexually assaulting the same boy in Purcell’s home. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a minor.
Michael Dolan, the attorney for Purcell, said his client denies the allegations and they plan a vigorous defense.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Seen At 11: Some Families Use Security Cameras For More Than Just Safety
- Winter Making A Return To Tri-State Area With Snow, Record Cold Possible
- Suspect Sought After Boy, 13, Shot In The Head In Brooklyn
- Police: Man Made Anti-Muslim Remarks, Spat On Teenage Girl On Bus In Queens
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)