Man Accused of Assaulting Child Had Prior Record: Cops

The prior convictions predated the state's Megan's Law.

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    William Motta is accused of sexually assaulting a child. Police said he committed similar crimes in the 1970s and 1980s.

    A Clinton man arrested this morning under suspicion of sexually assaulting a child had committed similar crimes in the 1970s and 1980s, according to police.

    William Motta Sr., 67, of Glenwood Road in Clinton, was arrested after a four-month investigation.

    Police said the victim was an acquaintance of Motta and the assault occurred at Motta’s home.

    While Motta had been convicted for the same type crime in the 1970s and 1980s, the victim’s parents were not aware of Motta’s previous convictions because he is not on the sex offender registry.

    The reason, according to police, is that the prior assaults happened before the state had a sex offender registry statute.

    Megan’s Law requires that sex offenders register with police and notify officers when they change addresses and Connecticut’s version went into effect in 1995.

    Motta has been charged with sexual assault in the first degree, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury in the recent case.

    He was held on a $500,000 court-set bond and is due in Middletown Superior Court. today

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