Suspect faces judge in Meriden home invasion, sexual assault

Desmond James (Photo provided by Meriden Police Department.)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The man accused of breaking into a Meriden home and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl faced a judge on Monday.

Police say 23-year-old Desmond James entered the home through a window around 3:30 a.m. last Wednesday. Once inside, James allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl who was sleeping in her bed. The victim’s mother says the man broke into the apartment through an open bedroom window and then went down the hall to the little girl’s room. He threatened to kill the girl and her family if she told, but she did tell her mother.

The victim’s mother saw James running away from the house.

“To see him now, I just wanted to jump on him, but I have like no words to say now; I have a face to the name,” said the mother outside Meriden Superior Court, where James was arraigned Monday.

Meriden police were able to identify the suspect because of DNA evidence collected at the scene and information obtained from the victim as well as from her mother. James initially attempted to flee from police when confronted in Waterbury, but was taken into custody shortly after.

“I thank God that they caught him and he’s in jail now,” said the mother. “He won’t be able to hurt no other kid.”

She says the 10-year–old is doing pretty good, in her words, better than she is.

‘I think I haven’t caved in because of her,” said the girl’s mother. “She’s going to school, she really doesn’t know what’s going on because she’s too little. Hopefully with counseling everything will get better over the years.”

Detectives determined through questioning that he did not know the victim and the victim and her family did not know him.

Officers found several bundles of heroin in James’ possession at the time of the arrest. He faces several charges including home invasion, first-degree sexual assault, and risk of injury to a child.

James is not a stranger to the legal system. He is a felon with robbery and burglary convictions. He was also wanted for a parole violation.

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