Maintenance Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Tenant in West Hartford

A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in West Hartford is accused of sexually assaulting a resident in the complex, according to police, and they said a 2-year-old child was sleeping in the home when the attack happened. 

Santos Javier Nunez, 43, of New Britain, is accused of knocking on the door of the woman’s Caya Avenue apartment under the guise of delivering a flier around 11 a.m. Thursday and refusing to leave when the woman asked him to. 

He then tried to coerce her into performing a sex act on him and he sexually assaulted her after she refused, according to police.

A child was sleeping in the apartment when it happened, police said. 

Before leaving, Nunez told the woman not to notify anyone, according to a news release from police. 

NBC Connecticut spoke with the victim and she said she is traumatized but has to tell her story. 

After speaking with the victim, police found Nunez performing maintenance in the building and charged him with first-degree sexual assault, home invasion and risk of injury to a minor. 

Police said Nunez told police he found the woman attractive.

The judge found probable cause for the charges of first-degree sexual assault and home invasion, but denied probable cause for the risk of injury charge because the toddler was sleeping.

Nunez's attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, said his client is a married father of four and grandfather of two and received four character letters, including one from his former pastor in Puerto Rico.

The Nunez family did not comment and NBC Connecticut reached out to the apartment complex, but they did not comment.

Bond for Nunez was reduced from $500,000 to $400,000 and he posted it.

The judge ordered him stay away from the victim.

It's not clear if Nunez still works at the apartment complex. NBC Connecticut reached out to staff from the complex, but there was no response as of Friday night. 

The arrest report has been sealed and Nunez is due back in court on May 16.

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