Man Demanded Sex for Citizenship: Cops

Monday, Mar 31, 2014  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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Man Demanded Sex for Citizenship: Cops

Hartford Police

Police said Nghi Le sexually assaulted a woman he lured with the promise to help her become a citizen.

Hartford police have arrested a man accused of demanding sex for citizenship.

Hartford police arrested Nghi Le, 66, of West Hartford, on Friday.

The victim was a Vietnamese woman who was trying to become a United States citizen and Le is accused of using immigration status as leverage, according to police.

Le is accused of luring a woman to The Connecticut Coalition of Mutual Assistance, at 143 Madison Ave, Hartford, under the guise of assisting her with citizenship.

The Connecticut Coalition of Mutual Assistance is a service agency that provides Vietnamese immigrants and refugees educational, and translation services, as well as in-home referral services to help clients find and apply for needed health, employment and social service programs.

Le offered to help the victim with his services in exchange for sexual intercourse, then sexually assaulted the victim and unlawfully restrained her afterward, according to Hartford police.

He was charged with first-degree sexual assault and second-degree unlawful restraint.

NBC Connecticut went to Le's house and office for comment, but has not been able to reach him.

Bond was set at $250,000 and he was released on Saturday. 

Detectives believe that if the alleged allegations  are true that there might be other victims who have yet to come forward.

Anyone with a similar experience or information is encouraged to come forward and call Sergeant Sonia Watson at (860) 757-4041. All victims will remain confidential.

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