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Norwalk man to get at least two years for sexual assault

May 30, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD-A Norwalk man charged with raping a woman in 2016 pleaded guilty to reduced charges and will spend at least two years in jail when he is sentenced in July.

Jose Pavon-Fermin, 34, made guilty pleas to single counts of third-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint at the Stamford courthouse Tuesday.

Pavon-Fermin will be sentenced to as little as two years in jail or as many as five years in jail when he returns to court for sentencing before Judge Gary White. He will also have to spend the rest of his life on the sex offender registry, but his public defender Howard Ehring said Pavon-Fermin will be deported to his home country well be fore then.

The native Honduran has been in jail since his arrest in early November 2016.

Pavon Fermin was first charged with raping a Norwalk woman in his Laura Street apartment. He would have been sent to jail for a mandatory minimum 10 years in jail if found guilty, but the circumstances around the assault raised questions about what really happened.

According to his five-page arrest affidavit, on July 12, 2016, police were sent to Norwalk Hospital on the report of a woman wanting to report a rape.

The woman told police that on the day before Pavon-Fermin approached her after she got off Connecticut Transit bus. she said he began talking to her and told her he wanted to keep her company. She said she told Pavon-Fermin she did not want his company, and proceeded to get on another bus and Pavon-Fermin followed her on and sat down next to her.

She said he kept trying to hug her and touch her, and she repeatedly told her to stop. The two got off the bus and Pavon-Fermin got off with her. When he followed her into a store, he asked if he could pay her to be his live -in girlfriend. Again she declined.

She got onto another bus, and like before he followed her. They got off the bus and was walking up Laura Street when Pavon-Fermin mentioned he lived there and grabbed her hand and led her up to his apartment. The woman said she felt pressured and wanted to get rid of him and agreed to go into his apartment.

She told police once in the apartment she said Pavon-Fermin raped her.

Ehring said the story that Pavon-Fermin was an unwanted suitor did not make much sense to him if the woman followed him up to his apartment.

“The allegation was of a sexual assault in first-degree, but there were some unusual aspects of the case which led the state to believe a lesser included offense might be more appropriate,” Ehring said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning said the woman Pavon-Fermin sexually assaulted agreed to the sentence and pleas made by Pavon-Fermin.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com