Daily Blotter – Jun 9

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Diaper Dispute

A Connecticut woman is threatening a lawsuit against the Waterbury school district, saying her son was touched inappropriately by a teacher's aide who violated a diaper changing policy.  The woman's lawyer, David Compagnone, says in an intent-to-sue notice, that she and her son suffered emotional trauma.  He says the boy has mental and physical disabilities.  The notice says a witness saw the aide with her hand inside the back of the boy's diaper while he was standing with his shorts pulled down in an unoccupied room on April 29.  The names of the aide and the boy are being withheld.  School officials say the aide is on paid leave.  They declined further comment.  Police decided not to file charges, but child welfare officials are still investigating.

Court Upholds Bribery Conviction

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a New Orleans computer company executive convicted of bribing a Bridgeport state legislator.  The court says there's no merit in the appeals filed by Jeannette Foxworth, 54.  She was recently released from a halfway house after completing her 15-month federal prison term.  A Bridgeport federal jury convicted Foxworth in 2007 of paying $3,000 to ex-State Sen. Ernest E. Newton II to help her secure contracts for her business.  Newton is serving a five-year prison sentence for corruption.  Newton pleaded guilty to accepting a $5,000 bribe to push through a state grant in an unrelated matter, using campaign funds to pay personal expenses and filing a false tax returns.

Mystic Murder Decision

A Connecticut judge says she will rule next month on whether a Mystic man should be tried for allegedly killing his wife in 2002.  Closing arguments were presented Monday in a probable cause hearing for Charles Buck, 62.  He's accused of killing Leslie Buck, a school teacher, two days after she had escaped a kidnapper.  Buck called Stonington police on May 4, 2002, and reported he found his wife dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home.  The medical examiner could not determine cause of death.  Prosecutors say Leslie Buck was clubbed, causing her to fall down a flight of stairs. The defense contends there's no evidence of a murder.

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