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Torrington man faces 7 years for sex with minor in Shelton

January 4, 2019

MILFORD — A 45-year-old Torrington man is facing between three and seven years behind bars for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Shelton he enticed over the Internet while pretending to be a teenager.

The man, Christopher Galvin, pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court before Judge Peter Brown to second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and enticing a minor by computer.

Shelton police first began investigating the case in January 2018, when the victim complained that Galvin had sexually assaulted her after she had fallen asleep in his car.

By that point she was 17 — though Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko said the relationship between Galvin and the victim in the case began over the Internet in March 2012, when the girl was 13.

At first, the girl thought she was talking to a boy who “was supposed to be 17 or 18,” Bepko said. “Instead it was this defendant.”

Eventually, Shelton police “determined that there were a number of emails between the two referring to sexual encounters that occurred when the victim was unable to legally consent,” Bepko said.

“The defendant (also) pressured the victim to pay attention to him and for her to send nude pictures of herself,” she said.

The investigation revealed that the two first started “dating” in August 2012, Bepko said.

The prosecutor said the victim told police Galvin eventually pressured her into having sex with him in the back of his Subaru when she was 13, and that “she felt terrible afterwards.”

The girl tried to end her relationship with Galvin but he guilted her into continuing to see him.

“She tried to end it on numerous occasions but the defendant said that if she did he would kill himself,” Bepko said.

The plea deal brokered between Bepko and Galvin’s lawyer, George Boath, calls for a 20-year prison sentence to be suspended after Galvin serves between three and seven years behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation.

Galvin will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

The judge scheduled Galvin’s sentencing for March 15.

He has been behind bars since last February, when Shelton cops charged him with enticing a minor by computer, and is currently being held on bonds totaling more than $200,000.

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