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Fairfield man gets 7 years for disturbing behavior

August 3, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A Fairfield man, who broke into his neighbor’s home in the middle of the night and was found standing over their sleeping daughter dressed only in a bathrobe and T-shirt, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison - and ordered to surrender his Jedi body armor.

“I plan to think about all of this, I know I will have plenty of time to do that,” Eric Kusheba told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin as he stood before the judge in a bright-orange prison jumpsuit.

State’s Attorney John Smriga told the judge he was very concerned about the disturbing nature of the crime.

“It makes me worried about Mr. Kusheba in the future and I would hope there would be adequate supervision of him after he leaves prison,” the prosecutor said.

The judge agreed and ordered Kusheba placed on special parole after he serves the 7-year prison term.

“The victims were deeply affected by your behavior and with good reason, the judge added.

Devlin told Kusheba to have no further contact with the victims and he ordered the armor, a set of handcuffs and the brass knuckles taken from Kusheba destroyed.

In the early morning of last Sept. 22, Fairfield police were called to a Tunxis Hill Road home for an intruder.

The family had managed to chase Kusheba into a corner of their kitchen where police said they took him into custody. They said the 36-year-old Kusheba was wearing a black bathrobe and black T-shirt but nothing else. In the right pocket of his robe they said they found a set of brass knuckles.

Police said Kusheba, who previously served two years in prison on assault and bomb-making charges, told them he had been in his home when he thought he saw two people walking around his neighbor’s property. He said he put his robe on and ran outside to find the neighbor’s front door open. Police said he then told them he entered the neighbor’s house to make sure everything was all right and found himself in the bedroom of the teenage daughter.

Police said they escorted Kusheba to his home to get dressed. While in Kusheba’s home, they said, they found a pair of children’s underpants on his dresser despite the fact that he has no children.

Kusheba agreed to let officers access his cell phone. On it, they said, they found four images of nude young girls in sexually explicit positions and a video clip of a man masturbating over a pair of children’s’ underwear that appeared similar to the one Kusheba had.

Kusheba, later pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, carrying a dangerous weapon, third-degree possession of child pornography and voyeurism.

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