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Tuesday, September 18 Police Reports

Stamford child sex-assault case settled without trial

Update 1:57 p.m.: Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo said Tuesday afternoon the case has been settled, avoiding a trial. Story will be updated shortly.

STAMFORD — Jury selection in the trial of a Norwalk deli cook accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl nearly 14 months ago was scheduled to begin at the Stamford courthouse on Tuesday.

Guilmar Gonzales, 42, of Lexington Avenue, was charged with first-degree sexual assault in August 2017, three weeks after he attended a party at the Connecticut Avenue home of a Norwalk woman with a young daughter. According to Gonzales’ four-page arrest affidavit, on July 23, 2017 police took the complaint of the woman who accused Gonzales of kissing and inappropriately touching her daughter.

Gonzales, a former employee of Diamond Deli on Main Street, allegedly put his hand down the girl’s pants, according to his arrest affidavit. He remains in jail at the Bridgeport Correctional Center, unable to post a $150,000 court appearance bond.

The girl told a forensic interviewer that on the evening in question, she was catching fireflies outside as people were leaving the party at her mother’s home, according to the arrest affidavit. Gonzales called her inside, wanting to show her a firefly that he found in the house, the affidavit said.

When the girl approached, she said he pulled both of her arms above her head and kissed her and slipped his tongue into her mouth, according to his arrest affidavit. Then she said he put his hand down the front of her shorts and his fingers inside her vagina, the affidavit said.

The girl said he stopped because he heard her mother calling for her, according to the affidavit. Then the girl told her mother, who then called police to report the alleged assault.

According to state statute, first-degree sexual assault must involve some type of penetration.

Gonzales admitted that he was drinking that night, but said he was shocked by the accusation, according to his arrest affidavit. He said there were a number of people around when he said goodbye to the little girl, the affidavit said.

The prosecutor on the case, Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, declined to comment on the case so close to trial. Gonzeles’ defense attorney Alex Martinez said he had not received permission from Gonzales’ family to speak about the case.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

John Nickerson|Police and court reporter

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