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Man sentenced to 25 years in Fairfield rape, robbery

May 3, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A New Haven man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping and robbing a woman as she walked home from the Fairfield train station.

Michael Fontaine, 48, who pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault and first-degree robbery as his case was being prepared for trial, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to 25 years in prison followed by 10 years of special parole.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney David Applegate told the judge the victim was aware of the proposed disposition of the case and chose not to be present in court.

Fairfield police said on Dec. 17, 2016, the victim had taken the train to New York City where she had gone with friends to the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.

When she got back to the Fairfield Train Station at about 10 p.m., police said, she decided to take the short walk to her home not far from the Police Department.

But Fontaine was apparently waiting in the shadows, police said.

Neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming and called police. The woman, her clothes pulled off, managed to get to a house, police said.

Officers began to track shoe prints in the freshly fallen snow along with a blood trail left by the suspect as a result of the struggle with the victim, police said.

The trail led to Fontaine, who was hiding in bushes on Old Post Road with items he had allegedly stolen from the woman, police said.