Man Accused in Craigslist Sex Assault Faces Judge

The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a Craigslist transaction faced a judge Monday.

Joshua Cordero, 26, is forcing himself inside a West Hartford woman’s home near Corbins Corner as she was completing a Craigslist sale of a bicycle.

Court documents released Monday show after the bike transaction was done outside of the home on March 18, the victim went back inside to get change for Cordero.

Cordero allegedly struck her in the back of the head and wrestled her to the ground inside the home and sexually assaulted her for about an hour and a half, according to the arrest affidavit.

Cordero fled on bike the victim sold him, according to police. Several hours later, investigators spotted Cordero riding the bike and arrested him.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cordero admitted his wrongdoing to police when he was handcuffed.

Contained in the affidavit, was Cordero's statement to police:

“I know what I did was totally screwed up…. I didn’t hurt her or nothing man… I just came to get a bike and animalistic instincts kicked in… I swear to God I didn’t mean to hurt her or nothing… I can’t believe I did that [expletive]. She has a garage full of bikes, I was going to buy a bike and leave and it sounds crazy but animalistic instincts kicked in… She was by herself, I wasn’t trying to hurt her… I [expletive] up, I ain’t gonna lie,” Cordero allegedly told officers. “I should have never tried to have sex with her. I totally screwed up. I wish I had just bought the bike and gone.”

A police cruiser camera and audio recorder were on at the time the statements were made.

Outside court Monday, Cordero's family claimed the sex was consensual.

Cordero is now facing charges including sexual assault in the first and second degree, unlawful restraint, home invasion and burglary.

He is being held on $650,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court on April 5.

The victim was then taken to the hospital shortly after the alleged attack.

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