Sexual assault case of former public servant goes to trial

MILFORD – The case of a former member of the Beacon Falls finance council accused of sexually assaulting a minor is nearing trial.

Standing next to his lawyer in court on Thursday, Joseph Dowdell, 61, rejected a plea offer that would have sent him to jail for at least five years.

“At this point, Mr. Dowdell wishes to reject the state’s offer and place the case on the firm’s jury list,” said attorney, Jonathan Sills.

Dowdell’s alleged victim was in court Thursday to see him reject the deal.

Deputy State Attorney Amy Bepko thanked the girl and said she was ready to testify and testify against Dowdell.

“I am very proud of her for coming,” said Bepko. “I want to acknowledge that she is here and that she is ready when the time comes.”

Dowdell was released after his initial arrest after posting $ 200,000 bail in the case. A protection order forbids him any contact with the alleged victim.

Bepko said the plea offer called on Dowdell to plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

July 10, 2017.

Dowdell was previously a member of the Beacon Falls Finance Council, but he resigned immediately after his arrest, according to City Clerk Len Greene Sr.

Court records indicate that the alleged sexual assaults took place between May 2012 and November 2013.

No further information is available on the charges as a judge ordered the arrest warrant in the sealed case during Dowdell’s arraignment over a year and a half ago at the request of a prosecutor .

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