Correction officer faces more sexual assault charges

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Erica Sierra lives in the neighborhood where it allegedly happened.

“I have a 14-year-old and I live two doors down and to hear that it’s crazy and it made my heart drop,” Sierra said.

Last month, a state Department of Correction officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman behind the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy on Huyshope Avenue.

Correction officer Kelvin Grisales was charged with first-degree sexual assault.

On Wednesday, Grisales is expected to be charged again for what police say is the same crime but allegedly on a different victim in a different city.

His attorney was put on notice that there were DNA links to three other victims.

“As far as the DNA goes, it’s still currently being under investigation by a couple of different jurisdictions,” said Grisales’ attorney, Rebecca Paolino. “I can’t really comment on that other than it’s still a pending matter, there’s some possibility of other warrants to be forthcoming.”

Hartford detectives are working with New Britain detectives to see how wide the pattern is. They say the most current one that he is going to be arrested for goes back two years and they believe there may have been multiple rapes in between

They say this is a serial pattern, and they are investigating to see how many he may have committed.

“It’s more than scary,” said Iesha Perez of Hartford. “It’s horrible that he can flash his badge, put his gun to your head, and physically take you and do what ever he pleases to you.”

Grisales has pled not guilty and will be in court again Wednesday where he will be arrested in the New Britain case. The Department of Correction has released the following statement:

“He has been placed on administrative leave and if the allegations are proven to be true, the Department of Correction will pursue separation from state service.”

Police do believe there are more victims out there and they are asking them to call the Hartford Police Department.

“That’s even the worst part, he is a correctional officer and for him to do that it’s ridiculous, it’s crazy the things that are happening now,” Sierra said.

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