Trooper In Trouble With the Law

A Connecticut State Trooper is charged with sexually assaulting two minors for about a year.  East Hartford Police arrested Jose Perez, 46, Monday night.  He is charged with four counts each of Sexual Assault, 4th degree, and impairing the morals of a minor.

Perez had put in for his retirement on Monday before the arrest, said state police.  His retirement date is in about a week.  

His police powers were suspended at the onset of the investigation, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the state police.  Perez has been assigned to administrative duties and has had no contact with the public.

The state police has opened its own internal affairs investigation into the matter, said Vance.

Jose Perez is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Manchester on January 5 and is out on bond.

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