TORRINGTON – Matthew Michael Medina, of Torrington, will stand trial on Oct. 10 in the Eighth Judicial District Court after he allegedly snuck into a teenage victim’s room and attempted to remove the victim’s clothes.
Medina was charged with a single count of sexual assault of a minor after an alleged incident in April. Court documents allege that “he did knowingly take immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a victim who is less that 17 years of age or older and is at least four years younger than the actor.” If he is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
The incident in question occurred on April 4. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Torrington Police Department, investigator Anthony Scoleri, the TPD responded to a report of a sexual assault.
“The reporting party advised that a (victim) had been sexually assaulted by a 20-year-old male,” the affidavit said.
When Scoleri arrived on the scene, he interviewed the victim. The victim said they woke up to someone touching them.
“(The victim) began advising me that (the victim) was asleep in bed when (the victim) was awoken by someone rubbing (their) right hip and right upper groin area. (the victim) stated that (the victim) was in shock and didn’t know what to do. (the victim) advised that (the victim) saw the person was a male wearing a white shirt and could see a gold necklace, but due to the door being closed (the victim) could not exactly tell who was in (the) room.
“(The victim) stated that the male moved from rubbing (the victim’s) groin area and began tugging at the bottom of (the victim’s) shorts as if trying to remove them. (The victim) stated that (the victim) began to move away.”
After the male, who was believed to be Medina, left the room, the victim saw the doorknob twist and the door begin to open, before closing once again. The victim heard their father ask someone “What are you doing?”
The victim’s father told police that he found Medina allegedly trying to open the victim’s door. Medina and the victim’s father had been drinking. The victim’s father told police that Medina had left the living room to use the bathroom several times, including one instance where he was gone for several minutes.
“He advised he noticed Medina get up and use the bathroom three times while he was at the residence,” the affidavit said.
The victim’s father said he followed Medina, and allegedly found him trying to open the victim’s bedroom door.
He stated that “as soon as he entered the hallway, he saw Medina standing by the victim’s doorway with the door open. Medina said he got lost.”
According to the affidavit, when Medina spoke to the police he denied the victim’s story and said he had spent most of the night at a local bar, and advised that he had only gone to the bathroom once while he was at the victim’s house. When law enforcement officials spoke to Medina, he became agitated.
“He immediately started becoming agitated and adamantly denied entering into her room or touching her,” the affidavit said. “I pursued further and he began raising his voice and was becoming extremely agitated.”
Medina was arraigned on April 29, where he pleaded not guilty. He is currently out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond.