Trumbull officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

This photo from TrumbullPoliceCadets.com shows Officer William Ruscoe at the Connecticut Police Memorial in 2012. (Photo: TrumbullPoliceCadets.com)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Trumbull police officer has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges that authorities say involve a teenage girl he met through the local police cadets program.

The Connecticut Post reports that William Ruscoe entered the pleas Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court and his case was continued to April 28. Ruscoe and his lawyer declined to comment as they left the courthouse.

The 19-year veteran officer remains on paid leave pending an internal investigation of the allegations.

State police allege the 44-year-old Ruscoe began texting the 17-year-old girl in March of last year saying he wanted to have a sexual relationship with her, and also texted her naked photographs of himself and his wife. Troopers say Ruscoe later sexually assaulted the girl at his home in Trumbull.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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