Bridgeport man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting girl
BRIDGEPORT — A local man is facing 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to taking a young girl into his home after her mother died and then repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
William Foster, 40, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo to first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.
As his client watched the proceeding on video from the Bridgeport Correctional Center, Foster’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Jared Millbrandt, told the judge Foster was admitting his guilt but denying that he used force against the girl, who was 11 at the time the sexual assault started.
The judge continued the case for a sentencing hearing on Dec. 11.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Lawlor told the judge that the girl became pregnant when she was 15 and gave birth to a daughter who was determined by DNA to be Foster’s child.
During a forensic interview in October 2018, police said the girl told them that she had gone to live with Foster, a family friend, when she was 11 after her mother died. Soon after, Foster began raping her on a nightly basis, police said.
Police said the girl told them she cried for Foster to stop, “but it never works.” She said Foster told her that having sex with him would make her do better in school.
Police said Foster was arrested in 2018 in Alabama where he fled there after learning police were looking for him.