MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- On Wednesday, a Middletown man was arrested on charges he pleasured himself on a transit bus in front of a 14-year-old girl. Officials say the man was released early from prison.
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Joseph Mabery, a convicted rapist recently released from prison allegedly pleasured himself on a city bus in front of a 14-year-old girl.
"He was sentenced in 2011 and he was sentenced to three years in prison," said Sen. Len Suzio, "so it looks like to me that he was released in half his time to 60 percent of his time."
Police say Mabery went to the back of the bus, sat down across from the teenage girl, and then pleasured himself in front of her.
It turns out there were two different cameras that caught it on tape. Once police saw the tape and once lawmakers saw Mabery's criminal record they couldn't believe their eyes.
"This is not someone who has committed an isolated crime, he has a history going back 20 years with 28 convictions," said Suzio. "He was convicted of raping a Wesleyan student at knife-point in the early 1990's."
The Early Release Program has come under fire this summer after two high profile cases.
In June, Frankie Resto allegedly shot and killed a convenience store owner, even after he gave him the money. Last month, Kezlyn Mendez allegedly shot and killed a convenience store clerk in East Hartford. Both men were released early.
"What kind of reasonable person thinks this way," said Joe Gallo, of Middletown, "if you rape our children you kill our children, and we are going to lock you up for the rest of your life."
Mabery was charged with failure to register (sex offender registry), public indecency, risk of injury, second degree breach of peace, and interfering with an officer.
He was held on a $250,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on October 2.
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