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Police Blotter: Man Charged with Sexual Assault

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Feb 202018

On February 9 at 10:43 a.m., Orange police received a complaint of sexual assault from two employees at a local adult-oriented retail establishment.

During the investigation, officers learned that Ryan O’Leary, 27, of Derby, entered the store and engaged two different employees at different times. Each time, however, he acted inappropriately with the workers.

According to the report, O’Leary used his hand to touch one of the employees, and later he used a display item to touch the other employee.

Both employees reported O’Leary’s to management, who then ordered him out of the store and contacted police.

Officers located O’Leary a short time later at his residence, where he was taken into custody and charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of breach of peace.

O’Leary was held on $10,000 bond for court Feb. 13.


Police: Gym Trainer Accused of Sexual Assault Of A Girl

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Jan 092017


On Dec. 27, at 6:02 a.m. Robert Mele, 24, of East Haven surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant stemmed from an investigation into the Mele’s actions while working as a trainer at a local gym and his relationship with female under the age of majority who was a member there.

Investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant charging third-degree sexual assault, third-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct.


Mele was held on $75,000 bond, for arraignment later that day.

Police: Orange Man Charged with Sexual Assault

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Nov 142015

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 10.14.49 PMOfficers responded to a private residence at 235 Boston Post Road regarding a disturbance at 7:17 p.m. on Nov. 3.

During the investigation, officer learned that an argument had occurred between Christopher Harrington, 38, of 235 Boston Post Road #8, Orange, and some relatives after the relatives learned that the arrestee had committed a sexual assault.

Officers located Harrington a short distance away and took him into custody.

Detectives investigated the sexual assault complaint and obtained an arrest warrant, which resulted in the additional charge.

Harrington was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree sexual assault.

He was released after posting $30,000 bond, for court Nov. 9.


Orange Man Charged With Sexual Assault On A Minor

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Aug 022013

Screen shot 2013-08-02 at 12.28.32 PMOrange police responded to the area of the Racebrook Tract on Thursday, August 1, at 7:51 p.m.

The Racebrook Tract is a town owned piece of open space for passive recreation in the area of Racebrook Road and Derby Avenue.  The Parcel has numerous trails for hiking.

The victim, a 15 year old boy,  related that he had been walking along a wooden boardwalk looking for a place to fish when he noticed an older man, later identified as Pascual Punsal 72, of  578 Summit Drive, walking toward him. As the man walked past the victim they exchanged “hellos.”

The victim related that about 2 minutes later Punsal again approached him, stood very close and asked if he could kiss the boy. At the same time Punsal grabbed the boys genitals.  The boy said no, pushed Punsal away and ran away.

The responding officer, Brian Foote, recognized Punsal from the victims’ description and responded to his residence. The victim positively identified Punsal as the man who assaulted him.

Punsal was placed under arrest, charged with fourth-degree sexual assualt, risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace.
He was later released after posting a $25,000 bond.
The Orange Police Department frequently patrols the town owned open spaces.  They are designated for passive recreation.  Patrols will be increased as a result of this incident.

Orange Police Blotter: Sexual Assault, Violation of Protective Order, Intoxicated Walking

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Jun 292012

Orange Police Patch

Sexual Assault

A 37-year-old Orange resident turned himself in at Police Headquarters on a warrant June 22 at 1:50 p.m.

According to the report, police obtained an arrest warrant against Mario Peraza, 37, of 363 Smith Farms Road following an investigation that began in August 2011, in which Peraza was accused of inappropriately touching an underage person.

He was charged with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

Peraza was released after posting $25,000 bond for court June 25.


Criminal Violation

Officers were dispatched to the Sponge Brothers Car Wash,  79 Boston Post Road, regarding a dispute on June 27 at 10:01 a.m.

When officers arrived, they learned that Lilliam Reyes, 24, of 250 Orchard St #2R, New Haven, had entered the business with a package for one of the employees.

According to the report, the employee holds a protective order against her, and she is not allowed to come into contact with the employee in any way. During the investigation, it was also learned that Reyes did not have a valid driver’s license, and had driven herself to the car wash.

Reyes was charged with criminal violation of a protective order and driving without a license.

She was released on a promise to appear in court June 28.



Police responded to the 300 block of the Boston Post Road on complaints of a person wandering in traffic at 9:14 p.m. June 22.

Upon arrival, officers found the 50-year-old Orange resident to be too intoxicated to safely negotiate the roadway.

He was given an infraction ticket, charging walking on a highway while intoxicated, for his actions and medical assistance was obtained.