Local Traffic Reporter Pleads Not Guilty, Apologizes: Report

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Local television news personality, Desiree Fontaine, was arraigned in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty, but apologized.

“For those I may have disappointed and let down, I am very sorry,” she said, according to the New Haven Register.

Milford Police say she stole $105 in merchandise from a Sears store on June 19. The New Haven Register reports that she is accused of taking a $40 bottle of cologne, two pairs of gold earrings valued at $3.99 each and a necklace priced at $15 into a fitting room. 

Fontaine is a traffic reporter and host of Connecticut Style for WTNH News 8 and a police report says Fontaine told an officer she was working as a freelance news reporter and was doing "something on the side" when she was arrested. She didn't say for whom she was working.

WTNH says Fontaine is on personal leave from her job.

When asked to give any further details about the arrest, News Director Kirk Varner said "It is not the station's policy to comment on personnel matters."

She is due back in court on July 27, the Register reports.

You can read the arrest report, which the Middletown Press published online.

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