Former Trumbull police officer ordered to stay away from teenager after sexual assault allegations
BRIDGEPORT — A former Trumbull police officer, on probation for sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in the Police Department’s Explorer program, was issued a court order Monday to stay away from another teenager who claims she too was sexually assaulted by him.
William Ruscoe, 51, of Milford, was charged earlier this month by state police with fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and illegal sexual contact with a victim under 16.
State police said in the new charges Ruscoe is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl at his former Trumbull home in 2013 and 2014.
During a brief hearing on Monday, Superior Court Judge Alex Hernandez issued Ruscoe a protective order forbidding him from having any further contact with the teenager.
Standing beside his lawyer, Ruscoe’s only comment was to acknowledge that he knows the identity of the protected person.
The judge then continued the case to July 15.
Ruscoe is free after posting $10,000 bond.
“We had no objection to the protective order,” Ruscoe’s lawyer Edward Gavin said as he and Ruscoe left the Fairfield County Courthouse. “My client maintains his full innocence and we are looking forward to receiving discovery in the case.”
According to state police, in January they were assigned to investigate allegations against Ruscoe which had been reported to the Trumbull Police Department in December 2019.
State police said a now 16-year-old girl told them she had been raped by Ruscoe when she was between 6 and 11 years old.
During a subsequent forensic interview, state police said the victim told them that there had been five or six incidents with the last occurring on Feb. 22, 2014 during a sleepover with Ruscoe’s children at his former Trumbull home.
State police said the victim told them that following each incident, Ruscoe, a former 20-year veteran of the Trumbull Police Department, told her not to tell anyone what he had done to her.
In a separate case, Ruscoe was convicted in January 2015 of second-degree sexual assault and sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He pleaded guilty after allegations he sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2013 who he was supervising as head of the Explorer Scouts, a program that offered direct experience in community police work for youth ages 14 through 21 interested in law enforcement.
The victim in that case is currently suing Ruscoe and the Trumbull Police Department.
Ruscoe, who was released from prison in March 2017 and ordered to register as a sex offender, now works as a “transportation consultant,” according to the police report.