BRISTOL - A city man accused of having sex with an underage girl, taking advantage of her mental health issues, is contemplating a plea deal offered by state prosecutors.
Johnny Perez, 22, of 44 Rosemont Ave., has until March 14 to accept the plea bargain. Otherwise it could be taken off the table. He appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials did not put the terms of the deal on the record, but indicated the victim’s family believes it would be a fair resolution to the case.
Perez, who is free on $65,000 bond, is facing charges of second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, sixth-degree larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He has pleaded not guilty.
According to court officials, the sexual assault allegations date back to July 2015, when Perez was 18 years old and the complainant was 13. A prosecutor at a previous hearing said Perez took advantage of the girl’s mental health issues - which have not been disclosed.
Prosecutors allege the charges involved both consensual sex and nonconsensual actions.
At Perez’s arraignment hearing last February, a public defender said the second-degree sexual assault charge filed against Perez indicates that police did not have probable cause to pursue the nonconsensual allegations - which have not been detailed - and made the arrest based on the age difference between he and the girl.
The arrest warrant in the sexual assault case was ordered sealed when Perez was arrested.
During an arrest for shoplifting, police found Perez had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with the sexual assault allegations.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.