New Bracelet for Criminal No Fashion Accessory

The state has changed a Southbury man's faulty monitoring system after it failed almost 200 times

A serial rapist living in Southbury has a new ankle bracelet - one that should track him better after the one he was wearing. Between September and December, the signal to his electronic monitoring system was lost almost 200 times.

David Pollitt has been living at his sister's home in Southbury since he was released from prison in October 2007 after serving 24 years in prison for a series of rapes.

His probation calls for monitoring and supervision if he leaves the property but the the electronic monitoring system's signal was lost 194 times between September and December.

State officials say they replaced the old monitoring system in late December with a better system that uses GPS and cell phone towers.

In September, the clunky device erroneously indicated that Pollitt had left his sister's property without permission. Authorities dropped a probation violation charge after they determined the old device wasn't working properly and the state Judicial Branch to looked at the use of electronic monitoring and the company that offers the service.

Pollitt's lawyer said his client kept track of the device's problems after his arrest in September.

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