The man is convicted of a sex offense and reportedly believes probation would make him a pariah in the community.
STRATFORD, CT — A 61-year-old Stratford man, who was convicted of a sex offense, was sentenced to 30 months in prison this week on a probation violation, after he told a judge he would break probation again if given such a sentence, reported the Connecticut Post.
Rae was convicted on possession of child pornography charges in 2009 and was released in October of last year. Prior to that sentence, he served more than a decade after being convicted of fatally shooting a woman in Milford.
After his release in connection with the child pornography case, Rea immediatly violated probation, in part because he claims he is innocent of the charge, and reportedly because he believes probation makes him a pariah in the community.
Rea and his public defender requested jail time, and Superior Court Judge Alex Hernandez granted their wish, but the judge also tacked on 25 years of probation after he serves time in prison.
Following Rea’s release from prison in October 2020, a probation officer testified Wednesday that Rea immediately violated his probation. First, he refused to enter the probation office wearing a mask in violation of state COVID-19 requirements and then he refused to comply with sex offense treatment. He was charged with violating his probation.
“I’m making the unusual argument that this court impose the maximum time he owes,” Public Defender Joseph Bruckmann argued during Wednesday’s hearing.
He then put Rea on the witness stand.
“If you were to be placed back on probation for this case would you comply with the conditions of probation?” Bruckmann asked Rea.
“Absolutely not,” Rea responded. “I’ll rot in prison for the rest of my life if I have to.”
“Would you give it even a full day?” Bruckmann asked.
“No,” Rea stated. “I know you are not going to believe this but I am innocent of this crime so I will not be a pariah. I will spend the rest of my life in prison if I have to before I subject myself to that kind of indignity.”
“Mr. Rea violated probation in every way he could think of,” Bruckmann told the judge. “He is not going to comply with probation. We are just going to be going through this again down the road.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Felicia Valentino told the judge that she was requesting Rea serve prison time but added that he also needs supervision when he gets out whether he intends to comply or not.
According to the testimony during the two-week trial in 2009, Rea on Sept. 8, 2008, brought his computer into the Staples store on Ferry Boulevard in Stratford to have the printer repaired.
A store technician turned on the computer in the course of trying to find the source of the problem and allegedly saw images of naked children and others performing sex acts. He reported his discovery to the store manager, who called police.
In April 1993, Rea pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a woman outside the Devon Motel on June 20, 1991. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison and released Jan. 13, 2005.
Source of story: www.ctpost.com