Cops: Fairfield man sexually assaulted teen after false job offer
Published 9:50 am, Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A Fairfield man who police said has a violent past has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen-ager desperate for a job.
Edward Brantley of Black Rock Turnpike was charged Friday with first-degree sexual assault for an incident that allegedly took place last month.
Police said the incident began Sept. 9 as Brantley was sitting in a car outside an employment agency in West Haven, and allegedly passed himself off as a supervisor to an 18-year-old woman who had come to the business to drop off her resume. The woman initially had reservations about getting in the vehicle with Brantley, who stated he also had a jobs business in Orange and was planning to hire a secretary, according to Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a Fairfield police spokesman.
The woman, however, finally agreed to travel with Brantley to what he said was his Orange office, and they were joined by another woman in the car. That other passenger was dropped off in New Haven.
And instead of going to Orange, Brantley took the 18-year-old to his Black Rock Turnpike home, where he allegedly had job applications. When the two reached Interstate 95's Exit 24, according to police, Brantley started inquiring about the woman's previous sexual experiences, making her feel uncomfortable.
When he reached his apartment, he led the woman to his computer room. He sat at the computer table, shut the lights off and moved closer to her, Lussier said. When she pushed him away, he allegedly pinned her with his body, removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her, according to Lussier.
He drove the woman back to West Haven, where she reported the incident to police four days after it happened.
Brantley, who was on parole for an earlier crime, was remanded to police custody by his parole officer and sat in jail for nearly a month before Fairfield police formally charged him with first-degree sexual assault.
Bond was set at $100,000 and he made an appearance Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.