Former Judicial Marshal Charged With Human Trafficking

New charges have been filed against a former judicial marshal in Waterbury who was previously arrested on charges pertaining to prostitution and child pornography.

Michael Connelly, 53, of Waterbury, who worked in the Waterbury courthouse for 30 years, has been charged with trafficking in persons, three counts of impersonation of a police officer and three counts of coercion.

He is the brother of the late Waterbury State’s Attorney John Connelly, a man who successfully prosecuted cases against four of the men on death row.

Michael Connelly turned himself in to Western District Major Crime Detectives at Troop A in Southbury around 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, according to state police.

This was the fourth time state police have arrested Connelly since 2014 and authorities said these charges stem from a lengthy investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct dating back to 2013.

Connelly is being held on a $450,000 court-set bond, appeared in Waterbury Court this morning and is due back in court on May 29 in Bantam.

Joseph D'Alesio, executive director of operations for the Connecticut superior court system, said in January that Connelly was placed on unpaid administrative leave in November when police began investigating his conduct.

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