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Police: Man sexually assaulted girl he met through Facebook

September 5, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A second man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

Rashad Smith, 23, of Laurel Court, surrendered to police after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.

Smith is charged with second-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a minor. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Last month Andre Joseph, 24, of Beaver Street, Ansonia, was arrested on the same charges for the incident. He is also being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Police said on May 22, 2015, a local man had come home from work early to hear noises coming from his daughter’s bedroom.

He opened the door and saw his daughter being sexually assaulted, police said.

The father grabbed a machete and chased the two men through the house, cutting one in the hand before the men jumped out a window.

Police said the girl told them she didn’t know the names of the two men and had contacted them through Facebook.

However, police said sometime later Joseph, who matched the description of one of the men, arrived at the emergency room at Griffin Hospital with a gash on his hand. Police said Joseph claimed he had gotten the cut in a fight with a robber.

Although the complaint was assigned to the Police Department’s Youth Bureau in 2015, the case was not processed until 2017, according to court records.

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