A former state police trooper accused of sexually assaulting an 81-year-old woman at a Windsor Locks Hotel appeared in court on Monday and has been ordered not contact the victim.
According to Windsor Locks police, Jeffrey LaPorto, 43, of Windsor, met the woman at a hotel bar and went back to the victim’s room around midnight or 12:30 a.m. Friday.
Sources said the incident occurred at the Quality Inn hotel on Ella Grasso Turnpike/Route 75.
Windsor Locks police said the victim’s son called 911 around 2 a.m. to say his mother had been sexually assaulted. Officers found the victim suffering from “extensive internal injuries” and brought her to an area hospital for treatment. The woman, who is from out of state, has returned to her home state, according to statements made in court.
LaPorto, a Navy veteran who served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, maintains his innocence and has no prior criminal record, his attorney said.
LaPorto and the woman went to the room with consent, according to the attorney.
Court documents are sealed for two weeks.
A Hartford Courant story published in 2000 listed Jeffrey LaPorto as a recent state police trooper graduate. State Police Union President Andy Matthews said a trooper by that name was terminated in January 2011 and the decision was upheld by an independent arbitrator in 2012.
When he learned of the arrest on Friday, Matthews described the alleged incident as “shocking,” and said, “That’s not how troopers conduct themselves.”
Neighbors of LaPorto on Michelle Lane in Windsor were surprised by the accusations and described him as a nice family man.
He is also a landlord and owns multiple properties in the West Hartford area, according to people familiar with his business.
LaPorto, who is self-employed, owns nine rental properties, according to his attorney.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree unlawful restraint.
LaPorto's bond remained at $250,000. He posted it and left court without comment. He is due back in court on June 23.