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Man Charged With Raping Infant, 2-Year-Old Girl

February 10, 1996

COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) _ A man who told police he wanted to become a saint was arrested after allegedly confessing to his bishop that he raped a 2-year-old girl and a 4-month-old girl.

Wesley Judkins was being held on $100,000 bond after his arraignment Friday on 52 counts of sexual assault, including risk of injury to a minor.

Judkins, 24, told police he went to a Mormon Church bishop last Sunday to seek absolution for raping the girls because he wanted to enter the sainthood, Officer Nancy Gillon said.

The next day the bishop accompanied Judkins, 24, to the state Department of Children and Families, where he repeated his confession to officials there, Gillon said. The department contacted police.

The abuse occurred over a three-month period, police said.

Gillon said she could not comment on the relationship between Judkins and the girls, who are with their family and appear to be doing fine.

Judkins was due back in court Feb. 22.

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