BRISTOL - Police are looking for a city man accused of having sex with an underage girl who missed his scheduled court hearing Tuesday.
Johnny Perez, 22, of 44 Rosemont Ave., will be charged with failure to appear and held on $100,000 bond once he is found, a judge said at the hearing in Bristol Superior Court.
A prosecutor said Tuesday was his last day to make a decision on a plea bargain. It is unclear how Perez’s absence will affect the deal.
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 say the sex charges involved both consensual and nonconsensual actions.
At Perez’s arraignment hearing in February, a public defender said the second-degree sexual assault charge indicates that police did not have probable cause to pursue the nonconsensual sex allegations - which have not been detailed - and made the arrest based on the age difference between Perez and the girl.
The arrest warrant in the sexual assault case was ordered sealed when Perez was arrested on Feb 23, 2017.
He was arrested while police were investigating a shoplifting complaint from a Main Street convenience store, from which he allegedly stole a can of beer. Police searched him and found he had a glass smoking pipe and a Zolpidem pill - a sedative sometimes used to treat insomnia.
During the shoplifting arrest, 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 email@example.com.