NEW BRITAIN -- A former city man was convicted last week of failing to properly as a sex offender when he reported living in New Britain.
Rhom Colquit, 48, received a suspended sentence during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court. During the proceeding, he pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register-sexual violence, according to judicial records.
He had been charged with two additional counts of the same charge, but those were dropped as part of the plea deal. Colquit was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended, and two years of conditional discharge. The discharge period puts conditions on the 48-year-old, exposing him to as many as three years in prison if he violates any of them.
According to state records, Colquit is required to register as a sex offender because of a 1999 conviction on one count of third-degree sexual assault.
State records on Wednesday indicated Colquit now reports living in Middletown, and that he is currently “non-compliant,” having failed to verify his address.
Sex offenders in Connecticut are mailed a letter every 90 days to verify that they are living where they report residing. Failure to respond in a timely manner or at all can result in a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.
According to judicial records, Colquit violated this registry requirement three times in 2018 and 2019 when he reported living on Church Street in New Britain.
In addition to his 1999 conviction, Colquit was arrested by Bristol police when he lived in that city in 2017 and early 2018. At that time, police said he had communicated with someone posing as a 14-year-old boy. During the correspondences, the police report said, Colquit turned the conversation sexual, sent a photo of what appeared to be his genitals and eventually arranged a meeting that he believed would end in sex with who he thought was a teenager.
In that case, Colquit originally faced charges of enticing a minor by computer and risk of injury to a minor, but those counts were not pursued in favor of Colquit pleading guilty to one count of second-degree breach of peace. He was given a suspended sentence in that case, judicial records indicate.
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