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Judge Tells Shelton Sex Assault Defendant To Get New Phone

January 2, 2019

MILFORD — A man accused of plying a 12-year-old with cash and gifts in exchange for sex may receive probation in a plea deal — provided he gets a new phone that will allow court officials to monitor him.

The man, Adam Besaw, 40, appeared in Superior Court Wednesday before Judge Peter Brown.

Besaw was arrested in June 2017 on charges of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor.

According to an arrest warrant, Besaw allegedly gave the child money and gifts and sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions between August 2014 and September 2016.

He has been released after posting a $250,000 bond in the case.

During Wednesday’s hearing the judge said Besaw could receive probation if he pleads guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of risk of injury to a minor.

The full terms of the plea deal were not revealed in court, but the judge said Besaw, a truck driver, would be allowed to use a phone for work purposes only.

The judge asked a probation officer, Greg Sperling, to assure him court officials would be able to monitor Besaw’s whereabouts and phone use adequately.

“Given the charges here, my understanding is Mr. Besaw’s access to the Internet would in fact be curtailed, certainly, and what I want to understand exactly is how probation would go about monitoring Mr. Besaw’s use of the Internet?” the judge asked.

Sperling said they could install software to track Besaw’s location and Internet use - provided he gets a new phone.

“Almost all phones and software can be tracked, however, it’s very difficult to track iPhones and any type of computer that uses a Mac operating system,” Sperling said. “In a situation like this we would require our clients to utilize a phone which is not an iPhone.”

He suggested Besaw get a phone that uses the Android operating system.

Sperling also said that as part of mandatory sex offender treatment, officials could give Besaw polygraph tests to make sure he isn’t using any other phones or computers.

“I feel comfortable that we could monitor him appropriately, your honor,” Sperling said.

The judge then continued the case to Feb. 21 for Besaw to return to court with a new phone.

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