Terryville man pleads not guilty to sexual assault, reckless driving charges

Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:21


PLYMOUTH - A Terryville man has pleaded not guilty to charges connected to a sexual assault and an incident in which he allegedly drove recklessly with a man on top of his roof.

Ronnie Beaulieu, 19, allegedly drove more than 50 mph on Route 72 with a man on the roof of his vehicle, throwing him from the moving car at one point, after the man confronted him about the sexual assault allegations on March 26, according to court documents. The warrant in that arrest has been ordered sealed because of the nature of the case.

Court papers say the man was upset with Beaulieu, believing he did something inappropriate to the 14-year-old victim in the sexual assault case.

Beaulieu on Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and one count of second-degree assault, reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.

His attorney, Elisa Villa, said her office is going to conduct an “extensive investigation” into the cases. She was granted a continuance until July 6.

Shortly after the confrontation, police received multiple 911 calls about a person on the roof of a car driving south on North Riverside Avenue, also known as Route 72. One of the callers was Beaulieu, who said someone attacked him and jumped on the roof of his vehicle.

As police arrived, they saw a man thrown from the roof of a 2002 Honda Civic when it turned in to the post office lot. He had cuts on his hands and knees. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and taken to Bristol Hospital. His name was redacted.

The man told police Beaulieu began driving away, so he had no choice but to jump onto the car, as he thought he was going to be run over.

Beaulieu told officers the man tried to attack him when he approached his vehicle and started a confrontation, so he drove away, the report said.

He didn’t stop the vehicle, fearing the man would “beat him,” police wrote in the report.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:21. Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:24.