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Ex-officer pleads out to stalking, assaulting teen

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut police officer has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman he met through his department’s explorer program.

The Connecticut Post reports that retired Trumbull officer 40-year-old Michael Gonzalez pleaded under the Alford doctrine last week to fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree stalking.

Under such a plea, the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a guilty finding at trial.

Gonzalez faces three years of probation at sentencing on Nov. 7.

Gonzalez was charged with using the Trumbull Police Department’s computer to get the victim’s address and car registration information. Authorities say he went to her home in August 2017 and assaulted her. She had been in the department’s cadet program.

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