BRISTOL - A city man has pleaded not guilty to exposing himself in front of a number of children.
John Truiolo, 51, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where a prosecutor said he has offered a plea deal in the case. Truiolo will have until his next court date, on Nov. 14, to consider the plea bargain - the terms of which have not been disclosed.
Also during the hearing, Truiolo - who is free on $10,000 bond - pleaded not guilty to charges of public indecency, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace.
On June 22 at about 5:19 p.m., according to police, officers received a public indecency report involving a man and four children. Police said Truiolo was seen by the minors as he was naked and standing in front of a window in his home “making a lewd act at them.” Police responded and arrested the 51-year-old at his apartment.
Truiolo’s attorney, James Ziogas, challenged the validity of the arrest at a previous court proceeding, saying officers did not have enough probable cause to file charges. According to Ziogas, the children could not positively identify his client as the one who was seen standing in an apartment window. Furthermore, Ziogas alleges that police used a cell phone during a “ruse” in which officers said they had proof that Truiolo had done what the children accused him of doing. Ziogas said this tricked his client into admitting to something he had not done.
State prosecutors have maintained that there was plenty of circumstantial evidence to make the arrest, saying the children saw a man touching himself inside the apartment - and that Truiolo was the only one inside the unit.
Truiolo, of 12 Bittersweet Lane, has been ordered not to initiate any contact with the juveniles, who are nearby neighbors.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.