Man acquitted of alleged abuse of adopted boy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has acquitted a former Glastonbury man of sexually abusing one of nine children he and his former husband adopted through the state Department of Children and Families.

Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey in Hartford found 46-year-old Douglas Wirth not guilty of several sexual assault charges Monday. Wirth’s former husband, George Harasz, is expected to go on trial next month on similar charges involving two adopted boys.

Wirth chose a trial before a judge instead of a jury. The Hartford Courant reported that a therapist testified that Wirth’s accuser is a pathological liar.

Authorities said in 2011 arrest warrants that two boys, then ages 5 and 15, accused Harasz of sexually assaulting them and Wirth of a lesser sexual assault of the 15-year-old.

Harasz denies the allegations.

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