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Bridgeport Police Face Sexual Assault Case Backlog

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Police in Connecticut’s largest city face a backlog of as many as two dozen sexual assault cases, according to Hearst Connecticut Media.

The Bridgeport State’s Attorney has appointed two prosecutors to work on the cases with police. But sources told Hearst some sexual assault cases are already past the statute of limitations. In some cases, those cases missed the statute of limitations by five years.

The department has faced multiple vacancies, retirements and turnover. It’s also been under fire after the arrest of former chief A.J. Perez for rigging his own hiring process. Perez and another city official pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and lying to federal investigators.

Perez shut down the city’s Youth Bureau in 2018, which sources blamed for some of the backlog.