Ex-housing authority chair avoids prison in sex assault case

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former chairman of the North Haven Housing Authority who was charged with sexually assaulting a man will not serve any prison time.

The New Haven Register reports 51-year-old Ralph Cook IV, of North Haven, received a suspended five-year sentence and ten years of probation on Tuesday in New Haven.

In exchange for avoiding prison time, Cook agreed to plead guilty to third-degree sexual assault under the Alford Doctrine. That plea means he doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

Cook was arrested in 2014. The victim alleged Cook repeatedly raped him during a party at Cook’s home in 2013. Court documents say a warrant was obtained for Cook’s arrest after a DNA analysis of the evidence.

Cook’s attorney says his client maintains his innocence.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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