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Three Charged With Adultery in Connecticut

August 29, 1990

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Adultery charges have been filed against two women and a man in separate incidents in southeastern Connecticut.

In New London, police arrested Bobbie Jo Johnson, 19, around dawn Tuesday, and charged her with adultery - a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison.

Her husband, 32-year-old Clarence Johnson Jr., saw her ″involved with″ another man, according to the police report. Clarence Johnson was arrested earlier Tuesday morning on breach of peace charges in what police described as a domestic disturbance.

Also Tuesday, Richard R. Wasik, 36, was charged in East Lyme. The woman with whom Wasik was allegedly involved, Debra J. Darling, 35, was arrested four hours later on the same charge, police said.

Wasik’s wife, Virginia B. Wasik, 32, filed the adultery complaints June 15, stating that her husband and Ms. Darling admitted to the affair. Ms. Wasik said the affair began in August 1989.

She said she followed the couple to a house in Niantic, and then filed the complaint with East Lyme police.

″I just want to put our lives back together,″ she said. ″I feel bad I had to do this to him.″

The rarely enforced adultery law surfaced in June when Dawn Jakubowski, wife of Norwich Board of Education member James R. Jakubowski, was arrested on the charge. The case is pending.

Even before the Jakubowski arrest June 1, the state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women had been fighting to repeal the adultery statute.

″The statute is very antiquated,″ said Fredrica Gray, executive director of the commission. ″It doesn’t really serve any important purpose except to create additional misery in people’s lives, and very often those people are women.″

New London State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti said his office has no policy on treating adultery cases other than to enforce the law. New London Police Lt. William Dittman said the increase in adultery complaints could stem from publicity from the Norwich case. He said police are not encouraging adultery complaints, but do investigate them and make arrests if enough evidence is gathered.

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