The maximum sentence for illegal sexual contact with a victim under the age of 16 years old, in violation of C.G.S. §53a-21(a)(2), is 20 years. The state charged the petitioner, Jesse Parades, with allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old patient in a residential placement program twice in one day. A jury convicted the petitioner of two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of illegal sexual contact with a victim who was under the age of 16. Each conviction had a maximum penalty of up to 20 years, and Judge Maria Araujo Kahn sentenced the petitioner to 32 years in prison, execution suspended after 17 years. The petitioner's attorney, Brittany Paz, argued that the petitioner had no prior history of sexual assault and requested a sentence of 16 years, execution suspended after eight-and-one-half years. The state's attorney, Brett Salafia, objected that the petitioner possessed a position of power over the victim and was 20 years older than the victim. The Sentence Review Division found that the victim will suffer long-term negative effects. The sentence of 32 years was not inappropriate or disproportionate, and the Sentence Review Division affirmed.

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