Ex-DMV official pleads guilty to child endangerment charge

Waterbury police booking photos of Victor Diaz, Sept. 23, 2014.

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A former state deputy motor vehicles commissioner has pleaded guilty to child endangerment in exchange for an eight-year prison term.

The Republican-American reports Victor Diaz was accused of repeatedly molesting a girl beginning when she was 11.

The 36-year-old Diaz faced 13 charges, including several sexual assault counts. They were reduced to one count of risk of injury to a minor as part of a plea deal that spares the girl from testifying.

Diaz must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He resigned his Department of Motor Vehicles post Sept. 9, hours after the girl was visited by detectives following up on the complaint.

Diaz pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means he doesn’t agree with all facts presented, but agreed he’d be found guilty at trial.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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