SOUTHINGTON - On Friday, a local man pleaded guilty to reduced charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a sleeping woman last June.
Zachary Clock, 23, accepted a plea deal during his hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The deal included two years in prison, suspended, and two years of probation.
Clock pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment. He entered his pleas under the Alford doctrine - meaning he disputes the allegations but believes there is enough evidence to be convicted after a trial.
Charges of second-degree sexual assault of a helpless victim, attempted second-degree sexual assault of a helpless victim and second-degree breach of peace were dropped.
According to the police report, Clock was alone in his apartment with the victim on June 25, 2016, at about 9 p.m., after she had consumed a lot of alcohol earlier in the evening at a party. After she fell asleep, he brought her to his bed, where he took her clothes off and began kissing her, the report continued.
According to police, Clock admitted to touching the woman’s vaginal area and attempting to have sex with her before she woke up and was confused about what was going on. She then sent a text message to her boyfriend, who later confronted Clock as he was walking down the street near his home. The boyfriend assaulted Clock severely, breaking his nose, but Clark declined to press charges, saying he deserved the beating, police said.
According to the report, Clock called the police on himself and admitted to officers in detail what he had done to the sleeping woman.
In court on Friday, officials said the victim has been doing well since the incident. She also told officials that what happened was “out of character” for Clock.
The latest information prosecutors received from the victim was that she did not want Clock prosecuted.
Clock did not have a criminal record before Friday’s conviction.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.