East Hartford man pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting child in Bristol

Published on Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:27


BRISTOL – An East Hartford man accused of sexually assaulting a child more than once has pleaded not guilty to six felony charges.

Melvin Torres, 26, appeared Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, where he entered not guilty pleas to two counts each of aggravated sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault with use or threat of force and illegal sexual contact.

Torres, who is free on $300,000 bond, was arrested by Bristol police on Aug. 24. He is due back in court on Oct. 26 for a pre-trial hearing.

At the time of the arrest, police said they would not be releasing many details about the matter because of the nature of the case. A lieutenant said the allegations date back “quite a while” and involved a victim who was under 13 years old at the time. Police added that the complainant was known to Torres.

According to judicial records in Torres’ case, the alleged offenses occurred in 2014. It has not been made clear when the first police complaint was made. In 2014, Torres would have been between the ages of 19 and 20.

Police have said they cannot release further information about the case.

The matter against Torres is currently on the Judicial District docket, where the most serious cases are prosecuted.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:27. Updated: Thursday, 16 September 2021 13:29.