• Stamford/Norwalk J.D., at Stamford
  • CR08-118131
  • May 27 2014 (Date Decided)
  • Ginocchio, J., Fischer, J., and Alexander, J.

An individual who is convicted of first-degree sexual assault can be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Allegedly, the petitioner, Ricardo Roman, had a relationship with the victim’s mother and babysat the victim and his own children when the victim’s mother worked. After another child alleged that the petitioner engaged in sexual abuse, the victim confessed to her mother that the petitioner allegedly watched porn and forced her to touch him in a sexual way. A jury convicted the petitioner of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford sentenced the petitioner to 20 years in prison and five years of special parole. The petitioner’s attorney, Barry Butler, requested a sentence reduction and argued that the petitioner lacks a serious criminal record and has served as a mentor, tutor and coach. The state’s attorney, Richard Colangelo, objected that the petitioner is a sexual predator who exposed his victims to porn and used bribery and physical abuse to keep his conduct secret. The Sentence Review Division was not persuaded that the petitioner’s sentence of 20 years was inappropriate or disproportionate. “The petitioner,” wrote the Sentence Review Division, “is a sexual predator who used his position of trust to the detriment of the children in his care,” and they will be scarred for the rest of their lives.