Janitor charged with sexually assaulting 3 women

Rafael Cartagena

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A 40-year-old Bridgeport janitor is facing sex assault charges police say he assaulted three women at a residential treatment facility.

Rafael Cartagena is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
In June, police responded to the New Prospects – Recovery Network of Programs, at 392 Prospect St., on reports that the janitor had sexually assaulted several female clients. The allegations were reported to police by staff at the facility.

The three victims stated  Cartagena had sexually assaulted them while they were clients at the facility. One of the victims stated the contact began with blowing kisses and inappropriate comments and graduated to him sexually assaulting her in her room.
Another victim stated that Cartagena assaulted her in her room and threatened that he would come back if she said anything and that it would be “ten times worse.”

Cartegena initially denied having any sexual encounters with any women. When asked, he declined to submit to a DNA test. He also stated he had never entered clients’ rooms when they were present. When told that there was video security to the contrary, Cartagena acknowledged the encounters and stated that he had a “lust problem” and that he “fell” to “temptation.”


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