Sex offender charged with raping autistic child

August 10, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A convicted sex offender was charged on Friday with raping an autistic 9-year-old girl.

Victor Fernandez, 42, of Boston Avenue, who was previously convicted of sexual assault on a child in Florida, according to court records, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault with a child and illegal sexual contact.

He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Police said the girl told a social worker that Fernandez, a friend of her family, pulled her clothes off and” played sex with me.”

During a subsequent forensic interview at the Center for Family Justice, police said the girl was given two anatomically correct dolls and asked to show what happened. They said the girl took the dolls and faced them toward each other and simulated a conversation between them in which the male asked, “Could I have sex with you.”

The victim then told the interviewer, “He played sex with me…but then I screamed,” police said.

Police said the girl’s mother was also arrested after police said she told them she was worried Fernandez was going to sexually assault her daughter and she left them alone together because she wanted to catch him in the act. But she said she became distracted and didn’t see anything.

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