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BRIDGEPORT — A veteran city police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to raping an 11-year-old girl.
Police Sgt. Ivan Delgado pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo to three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.
He asked for a jury trial.
The judge continued the case to Nov. 4.
Delgado and his lawyer, John R. Gulash, declined comment as they left the Fairfield County Courthouse.
Delgado, a 13-year member of the Bridgeport Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
On Aug. 29, police received notice from the state Department of Children and Families that the mother of an 11-year-old girl was reporting her daughter had been raped by Delgado, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
During a forensic interview, according to affidavit, the girl told them Delgado, who is acquainted with the girl’s family, touched her inappropriately a number of times earlier and the severity of the assaults had increased recently.
The affidavit states the girl told investigators that a few days before the assaults were reported, she had been at Delgado’s home when he pulled her into his bedroom and raped her. The affidavit states the girl demonstrated for investigators what Delgado did to her on an anatomically accurate doll.
When his fellow officers confronted him with the allegations, the affidavit states that Delgado denied sexually assaulting the girl and told police he had never been alone with her.
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