Two Arrests in Groceries for Inappropriate Contact Case

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    Ruffino Fernandez is accused of paying Wilenlia David with groceries to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl.

    Hours after Hartford police arrested a bodega owner who is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a girl and paying the woman who brought her to him in groceries and cash, they arrested the woman suspected as well.

    Police said Ruffino Fernandez, 55, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl. The alleged assaults happened between four and six times in the fall and winter of 2012.

    Wilenlia David, 29, of East Hartford, is accused of bringing the girl to Fernandez. She was paid in groceries as well as money, according to Hartford police, who identified her as a friend of the victim's family.

    She was at large Thursday afternoon, wanted on charges including two counts of sexually assaulting a victim under the age of 13, one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, three counts of conspiracy, risk of injury to a minor and prostitution.

    Hartford police arrested David on Thursday night, Hartford police said on Friday. She is due in court Friday to be arraigned.

    Fernandez was in jail at the time of his arrest on gun and drug possession charges, according to Hartford police.