Terryville man accused of inappropriately touching girl with Autism in Newington

Published on Friday, 17 June 2022 11:58


NEWINGTON – A Terryville man has been accused of inappropriately touching a young Autistic girl in a Newington thrift store.

Anthony Anselmo, 64, was arrested this week by Newington police on charges of third-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace.

Police allege that Anselmo on May 14, in the Savers store on the Berlin Turnpike, followed a 13-year-old girl until she separated from her mother down one of the aisles.

According to police, a witness who saw much of the incident heard a commotion and asked the young girl with Autism what happened. She responded by saying the suspect had touched her.

The suspect was followed into the parking lot, but he drove away before officers could arrive.

Investigators say they were later able to identify Anselmo as a suspect.

According to judicial records, the 64-year-old faces similar charges stemming from arrests in Danbury in January 2021 and West Hartford in October 2020. In those two cases, he faces one count of second-degree breach of peace and two counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Anselmo, judicial records indicate, is expected to go to trial in the Danbury case.

In the Newington arrest, the 64-year-old is free on $150,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 27.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Friday, 17 June 2022 11:58. Updated: Friday, 17 June 2022 12:00.