Fairfield Man Accused of Sex Assault of Minor

Police said the assaults happened in Wallingford and Fairfield.

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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Fairfield Man Accused of Sex Assault of Minor

Fairfield Police

Robert Purcell is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

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A Fairfield man has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

The case originated in Wallingford in October when a child’s parents went to authorities about a sex assault in Wallingford. They said they believed someone the family knew committed the crimes and said the man lives in Fairfield, according to police.

The parents also said they believed that the same man, identified as Robert Purcell, of Fairfield, had committed more crimes in Fairfield and Stratford. 

Wallingford police interviewed Purcell at the Fairfield Police Department and determined that he  had assaulted the minor more than 12 times over four years, police said.

Fairfield Detectives took Purcell into custody on Nov. 26. They served a Wallingford arrest warrant charging him with first-degree sex assault and risk of injury to a minor and turned Purcell over to Wallingford Police.

Fairfield police also launched their own investigation into Purcell.

Working with an inspector at the Bridgeport Superior Court, Wallingford Detectives and the State’s Attorney’s office in New Haven, they found evidence that Purcell had assaulted a boy in February 2011 at his Fairfield home, police said. It was described as the most serious of all the events, police said.

On Jan. 10, Purcell went to the Fairfield Police Department upon learning that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest and he was charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty, according to police. 

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