Clinton man, 52, pleads not guilty to sex crime, assault allegations

AUGUSTA — A Clinton man who police say was armed with a gun when he was arrested has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a woman and endangered a child over two days last December.

At his arraignment Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, Silvestre P. Frutuoso, 52, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual touching, domestic violence assault, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child

Frutuoso is accused of subjecting the woman to sexual touching Dec. 5, 2019, and sexual contact, including penetration, Dec. 6, 2019, at his Clinton house.

The alleged victim told police that when Frutuoso came home from work Dec. 5, he was acting like he was drunk and falling back and forth. When she tried to help him to bed, he started to grope her, according to an affidavit filed by Erik Maheu, a Clinton patrol officer who responded to the house Dec. 6.

The alleged victim told police that on the morning of Dec. 6, she came into a room occupied by a naked Frutuoso, who was again acting like he was drunk. She told police he pushed her against a wall and started to kiss her. When she pushed him away, he put one hand up her shirt and one down her pants, according to the affidavit.

The woman told Frutuoso she wanted him to stop, but he picked her up, dragged her into his room and pushed her onto the bed, according […]

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