Police: East Haven Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Girl

And East Haven Police investigators believe there may be additional victims.

Joseph Hutchinson was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Credit: East Haven Police
Joseph Hutchinson was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Credit: East Haven Police

A 23-year-old East Haven man has been arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl — and investigators believe there may be other victims.

Joseph Hutchinson was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. 

"Family members of the victim reported that their 13-year-old daughter was sexually assault by Hutchinson the day prior to his arrest," East Haven Police Lt. David Emerman stated in a press release.

Officers secured an arrest warrant and located Hutchinson on Sunday and arrested him without incident, Emerman said.

Active Arrest Warrants

In addition to the sexual assault investigation, at the time of his arrest Hutchinson also had three active arrest warrants for violation of probation. 

He was held on bonds totaling $275,000 and will be arraigned in court today, Feb. 18. 

'Additional Victims'

"Through officer’s investigations, it is believed that there may be possible additional victims," Emerman stated. 

Any one with any information regarding this case or a similar incident, are asked to contact the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820 or the Detective Division at 203-468-3827. 

Information can be given anonymously by phone or by visiting our website at www.easthavenpolice.com.

AllisonWonderland Beckert February 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Where the he'll did he have access to this 13 year old. Alone. ???? DI'd he attack her on the "street" ? Did he know the family? Was he babysitting? What is the full story? Get the child into counseling fast. Castrate the bastard
Robert D. Hoff February 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM
This pervert deserves to be prosecuted to the full of extent of the law,I can only pray that the child in question gets the counseling and any other medical services she may need to help her recover from the damage this scumbag did her. Thank God the child was found in time and alive.
Rush To Judgement February 18, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Wow, For a guy who played the judicial process and his innocence when Dan McCann took him to task, I see Hoff and this other one completely bypassed arraignment, trial and conviction.
Robert D. Hoff February 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Rush, your point?
Rush To Judgement February 18, 2014 at 01:30 PM
My point was obivious. You obviously only believe in due process if you benefit from it.
Courtney Amanda Esposito February 18, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Get him psych help, what made him do it in the first place?
Robert D. Hoff February 18, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Rush, I stated that he should be "be prosecuted to the full of extent of the law" Now in order to due that it would involve "arraignment, trial and conviction." Have a nice day.
Rush To Judgement February 18, 2014 at 02:24 PM
At which part did you conclude "This pervert" sounds like a assumption of guilt on your part.
Johna Pompano February 18, 2014 at 02:46 PM
For once can we keep politics out of it & concentrate on the victim! This is OUR community & we need to keep the children in it safe!!!
Robert D. Hoff February 18, 2014 at 03:21 PM
I agree one hundred and ten percent Johna.
Michele Antisdel February 18, 2014 at 03:51 PM
I agree. I am totally sick of the same people on Patch turning everything single article into a political mud-slinging fest. Enough already! Stick to the topics and stop being so self-absorbed. Some of us would like to have an actual rational discussion about topics or read rational comments by rational citizens without them sounding like middle school recess fights. Grow up. EH Patch is the only Patch site that has this constant silly, sophomoric banter. No wonder all the other Towns think EH is full of a bunch of Jack-asses.
Stephanie Inzero Whelan February 18, 2014 at 03:56 PM
What about due process? Who knows what the real story is..let the court figure it out before u persecute him. I've known him since he was abandoned by his parents around 12 yo..he's been wandering around Short Beach Rd for years..always polite, always respectful. .lets see what the court says before u all lynch him..I have kids to and I understand everyone's concern..I have a feeling this is probably more of a statutory rape type of thing..this kid has always had girls chasing him..I have a feeling there's much more to this story
Dan McCann February 18, 2014 at 04:00 PM
I was made aware of some of these comments and my name here too. Knock it off. I don't want my name even mentioned in an article with this guy. As for Mr. Hoff or anyone who wants to make a comment that is fine as well as their opinion, keep the politics out of of it. It has nothing to do with it. We should all realize there are children that have been injured here and that's what everyone should be concerned with. People go way over the top and just don't know when to end it.
Rush To Judgement February 18, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Oh you too McCann? This guy? Politics has nothing to do with it. The presumption of guilt is sickening by people who preach the about inncocent until proven guilty. McCann is still defending cops found GUILTY by a jury. This guy hasn't even seen a trial yet and he's already presumed guilty...
Pam February 18, 2014 at 04:43 PM
I'm sorry, Stephanie, I've known him for years also and know he has had it tough but I also know of other issues that were not so pretty, but even if it was statutory, does that make it any better? If a "child" is chasing an adult and the adult accepts what the "child" has to offer, it's still wrong, that is exactly why we have statutory rape laws. I am not standing on either side of this issue, because there definitely isn't enough information to judge, but geez? I do feel Joe definitely needs mental health help and so, now does the alleged victim.
Rosie February 18, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Oh boo hoo. A lot of people have had it tough and don't go around assaulting children. Consensual or not, a 13 year old??? Why not someone his own age?? I also heard he has a child..don't know if it's true or not.
Dan McCann February 18, 2014 at 07:36 PM
@Rush to Judgement. Pipe down....I don't even know why you're bringing me into this conversation. I have no idea who this guy is nor do I care to know who he is. As for my defense of the East Haven PD....Were you in the court room? Did you see the deals that were made by the DOJ to give citizenship to those who testified against the cops? Are you also aware that the Judge was the same judge that had the US Supreme Court overturn his verdict in the Malik Jones case? So please don't question why I still defend our Police. Until an appeal is granted and heard I will stand by them. Now for this topic please leave me out of it. Thank you...
Stephanie Inzero Whelan February 18, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Rosie you don't know he assaulted her, like I said it could be a statutory rape thing. Plenty of 13 yo sluts running around short beach rd..Daisey Dukes on and joints in hand..get caught by a parent and cry rape and ruin a young man's life. I guess we just need to sit back and see what happens, either way both of there lives are ruined
Mike Liso February 19, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Dan, you know the way it is. Everybody has something to say no matter how meaningless it is. That's why they don't sign in with their given name.
Kristy Turcio Porter February 19, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Stephanie, I don't care if these girls are walking around naked, it doesn't give someone the right to lay a hand on them, period. I don't care if she "threw" herself at him, he is an adult, and should know better. However, innocent until proven guilty and the truth always comes out.
Richard Poulton February 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Maybe now, just maybe, if his probation officer, knowing this person was in violation of conditions of release from the past arrests and was the person who submitted the arrest warrants for such violations of probation, went out and found him, he just have have been in jail instead of committing this horrible act to this child. But thats OK, the probation officers are just overworked, far too many "clients" and don't have the time to actually do their job. Just leave finding them up to police departments on a chance they may encounter them someplace.
Johna Pompano February 19, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Situations like this is why we as parents need to know what our children are doing & who they spend their time with! Definitely agree the 13 yo I see walking around don't look like their 13, but I blame the parents! Take control of how your children dress, and conduct themselves in public....they are a representative of you. By no means am I blaming the victim in this case, just making a point.
Stephanie Inzero Whelan February 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Exactly Johna! Thats the point I was trying to make..
Kristy Turcio Porter February 19, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Again, what does your clothing have to with being raped? Trust me, I would want my 13 year old to be dressed appropriately, but the clothing is not the issue. Beliefs like these are the reason most victims don't come forward and the reasons, that when they do, they are extremely reluctant to testify in court. I would like to know if any of you ever snuck out of the house hiding a skirt your parents would have thought was too short. Maybe not at 13, but most have us have done it.
Johna Pompano February 20, 2014 at 06:53 AM
Kristy, I know clothing is not the issue here...but it's a stepping stone! While I also agree at some point in our lives MOST of us have probably snuck and worn something our parents disapproved of, the FACT remains that parents now are ALLOWING their daughters to dress way too scantily & are trying to be their friend instead of parent! WE don't know what really happened in this case yet, both lives forever changed. BUT I do know this is the parents of the girl are claiming RAPE and it was consensual you will never read about it!!! Bottom line...girls lie about their age, and I may not know the full story her
Johna Pompano February 20, 2014 at 06:56 AM
But I know it scares the scrap out of me that my son will be in middle school next year & I've heard there's a girl that's pregnant! Different times than when I was in school....granted there's always a group who go through life on the fast train while the rest cruise along, but where do we draw the line?
Lance Coughlin February 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM
If he takes it to trial he may want to lose the Charles Manson look first
Neighborhood mom March 16, 2014 at 06:10 AM
I had the misfortune of dealing with this predator first hand and if we hadn't acted as quickly as we did he would have assaulted 2 girls in 2 days. This man is sick and needs help but he also needs to be locked up safely away from young girls. There are some severely sick and twisted men in this town and parents need to be aware of their children's Internet usage and who they are " hanging out " with before its too late! So If you had any questions as to the validity of the accusations ,Mr. Hutchinson is 100% guilty and I can assure you it does not matter what your daughter is wearing, nor does that give these sick perverse men a right to violate and ruin the lives of any young girl! Please pay close attention to your daughters, this man is not the only predator in this town there are far more than you could ever imagine. At least the police have taken care of this one as well as another 23 year old pervert who was recently convicted of his crimes and he will be sentenced on the 25 of this month and be behind bars where he belongs! Momauguin is a much safer place without this perverted menace to society. (B.F.)


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