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Serial rapist gets suspended sentence in new cases

May 7, 2019

MILFORD — A serial rapist accused of assaulting his wife and then harassing her after being arrested received a suspended prison sentence Tuesday under a plea deal.

David Pollitt, 66, was convicted in a half dozen rapes in the Rocky Hill and New London areas in the 1980s and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

He was released after serving 24 years and initially lived with his sister in Southbury despite protests from neighbors.

He eventually married an Ansonia woman and lived there, but the relationship quickly unraveled.

In June 2017, Ansonia cops charged Pollitt with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly threw a computer at his wife during an argument, hitting her in the foot.

He briefly moved to Georgia after divorce proceedings began, but moved back to Connecticut — where he was charged by Shelton police in October 2017 with failing to register as a sex offender after police said he moved there and didn’t notify authorities of his new address.

Meanwhile, he was charged with violating protective orders against his ex-wife by having a mutual friend contact her while their divorce case was pending.

He pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine April 3 to third-degree assault and two counts of violating protective orders.

A plea deal in the case called for Pollitt to receive a five-year suspended prison sentence and a three-year conditional discharge, on the conditions that he comply with sex offender registration rules and with a protective order barring him from contacting his ex-wife for the next 50 years.

In court Tuesday, the woman told Judge Donna Wilkerson Brillant that she disagreed with the plea deal, but still forgave Pollitt.

“Forgiveness does not mean forgetting, nor does it mean condoning or excusing the offense,” she said.

The prosecutor in the case, Charles Stango, said he understood the victim’s frustration, which was understandable given what she had gone through, but felt the disposition was appropriate “based upon the facts in these particular cases.”

The woman said afterward that the resolution of the case “sends a terrible message.”

“He’s not doing any jail time,” she said. “It’s basically a slap on the wrist.”

Still, she said she’s “grateful that all this happened, because it made me who I am.

“It made me stronger,” she said. “From everything bad, something good comes out of it. That was a really bad situation, but a lot of good came out of it.”

Pollitt did not speak during his sentencing. Hearst Connecticut Media left a message with his lawyer Tuesday afternoon.