Man convicted of raping woman he met at party
BRIDGEPORT -A New York man is facing 20 years in prison after a jury on Tuesday found him guilty of raping a woman he met at a preholiday party.
The six-member jury deliberated a day and a half before finding 36-year-old Nuelito Morel-Vargas guilty of first-degree sexual assault.
Superior Court Judge John Kavanewski increased Morel-Vargas’ bond from $250,000 to $500,000 pending the sentencing hearing on Dec. 14.
“The jury carefully examined all the testimony in the case before arriving at the appropriate verdict,” said Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Pamela Esposito.
In December 2015, police were called to Bridgeport Hospital on a report of a sexual assault victim being treated there.
When they got there, police said they found the extremely traumatized 25-year-old woman suffering from numerous bruises. They said doctors told them there was evidence the woman had been raped.
During a subsequent interview, police said the woman told them she had attended a party at a friend’s home on Capitol Avenue. She had been drinking and became too intoxicated to drive home.
The defendant, who the woman said she did not know but was a guest at the party, offered to give her a ride home and she accepted, she told police.
The defendant offered to help her into her apartment but once inside he grabbed her and threw her down on a bed, police said. The woman tried to fight him off, but Morel-Vargas managed to hold her down and raped her, police said.
Police said the woman showed them a text message she later received from Morel-Vargas in which he apologized and acknowledged forcing her to have sex with him.