Daily Blotter: May 20

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Arrested Again

A sex offender who was arrested last year after he was featured on a television crime show has been convicted of sexually assaulting another child. Marcos Rivera, 30, of Hartford pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. A judge is expected to sentence him on Aug. 17 to 12½ years in prison followed by 12½ years of probation. Rivera is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his girlfriend's daughter over a two-year span beginning when the girl was 5, according to prosecutors. The girl didn't reveal the assaults until she was older, after Rivera finished a five-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting another minor. Police arrested Rivera in the Bronx in August 2008, moments after "America's Most Wanted" showed his case.

Doctor's License Suspended

A Stamford doctor's license has been suspended by the Connecticut medical board. He is accused of illegally performing plastic surgery. The lawyer for Dr. Efrain Gomez-Zapata is questioning the suspension and said the board is still conducting a hearing on his client.

Man Accused of Making Bombs

A Connecticut judge has ordered a West Haven man to be held on $500,000 bond on allegations he made pipe bombs that police found during a guns-drawn traffic stop. Glenn Direnzo, 46, was arraigned on bomb-manufacturing charges Monday in New Haven Superior Court.  New Haven police said they got a tip Friday afternoon about a man who had as many as five pipe bombs in his SUV. Officers pulled Direnzo over on Interstate 95 in West Haven and removed him from the SUV at gunpoint. They found two pipe bombs under the rear seat, leading to a bomb squad response that lasted several hours. According to court documents, Direnzo bragged about having made pipe bombs for the Hells Angels motorcycle group.

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