East Haven Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Young Children: District Attorney

EAST HAVEN, CT — A 44-year-old man from East Haven, Connecticut has been found guilty by a jury for sexually assaulting young children, according to New Haven Judicial District State’s Attorney John P. Doyle, Jr. Lawrence Maenza was convicted on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. The verdict was announced by Doyle.

During the trial, evidence was presented that showed Maenza had sexually assaulted two children under the age of 10 in various locations across New Haven and Hartford counties. The cases were consolidated and heard by a jury in New Haven Superior Court. Maenza is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25.

The investigation into these cases was conducted by the Branford and Wethersfield police departments. In expressing his gratitude, Doyle acknowledged the assistance provided by the Department of Children and Families and the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

The prosecution of the cases was led by Assistant State’s Attorney Gregory L. Borrelli, with support from Inspector Alfonso Vazquez.

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These convictions serve as a reminder of the commitment of law enforcement and legal authorities to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Such cases highlight the importance of ongoing efforts to prevent and address child abuse and sexual assault.

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Sexual assault against children is a serious crime that can cause long-lasting physical and emotional trauma. It is crucial for communities to remain vigilant and create safe environments where children can grow and thrive.

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This verdict sends a clear message that those who commit such heinous acts will be brought to justice. It also underscores the need for continued support and resources for survivors of sexual assault and their families.

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The sentencing phase of the trial will provide an opportunity for the victims and their families to address the court and share the impact of the crimes on their lives. The judiciary will consider these statements as it determines the appropriate punishment for Maenza.

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It is vital for communities to work together to prevent child abuse and support survivors. Through education, awareness, and comprehensive support systems, society can strive to create a safer environment for all children.

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The prosecution of Maenza serves as a reminder that no one is above the law, and justice will be pursued relentlessly. The outcome of this trial will bring some closure to the victims and their families, as they continue their journey towards healing and recovery.

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Moving forward, it is imperative for society to remain committed to protecting children from all forms of abuse. By promoting empathy, educating the public, and holding perpetrators accountable, we can strive to create a future where no child suffers from such unimaginable harm.