Thea Digiammerino

Newtown Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children

A Newtown man has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on children.

According to Newtown police, 72-year-old Richard Saunders turned himself in on an active arrest warrant on Monday. Saunders is accused of having sexual conduct with children in several incidents over the past several years.

The charges stem from an investigation by Youth Officer William Chapman.

The arrest warrant application states that Saunders admitted to touching four female victims ranging in age from 5 to 13 inappropriately on multiple occasions.

The document says that in a recorded statement, Saunders stated: "I take full responsibility, they're just kids, it was just my stupidity and not having enough strength to resist and not do it."

Saunders was charged with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, impairing the morals of a child, and risk of injury to a minor. He was released on a $100,000 bond. According to the courts, Saunders plead not guilty to the charges and is next due in court on Aug. 28.

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