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Bridgeport Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

A Bridgeport police officer who was previously arrested on domestic violence charges has now been charged with sexual assault.

Shelton police said the victim reported on June 29 that 29-year-old Stephen Figueroa held her against her will at his apartment. Police had been called to the apartment that night, but did not make contact with anyone at the address.

Authorities investigated further and said Figueroa is accused of sexually assaulting the victim.

He was initially charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint as well as risk of injury to a minor because a 2-month-old baby was inside the apartment at the time.

On Saturday, Shelton police arrested Figueroa, who has also been charged with first-degree sexual assault.

He was released on a $75,000 bond and is due in Derby Superior Court on July 22.

Bridgeport police earlier confirmed Figueroa is an officer with their department and was placed on administrative leave after the incident.

“The Bridgeport Police Department & Chief Perez will assign a full and thorough internal investigation by Bridgeport's Office of Internal Affairs where the repercussions for the incident will be determined based on current Bridgeport Police policies and the conclusion of the investigation,” a department spokesperson said in a statement. 

NBC Connecticut reached out to Bridgeport police on Saturday, but there was no immediate answer.

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