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Ridgefielder gets prison for sex charges

A Ridgefield man was sentenced recently to 12 years in prison, suspended after five years, and 20 years of probation after pleading guilty to three charges of illegal sexual contact involving minors.

Vincent Saporito, 47, then a Rita Road resident, was arrested in 2010 for an alleged sexual assault occurring in 2005 and was arrested again April 2011 on identical charges for alleged 2003 and 2006 assaults.

He was originally charged with multiple counts of fourth degree sexual assault, a class A misdemeanor; risk of injury to a child, a class C felony; and illegal sexual contact with a victim, a class B felony.

He only pleaded guilty to three counts of the illegal sexual contact felony and was sentenced Aug. 24 to three “concurrent” 12-year terms, so they are served at the same time, rather than consecutively with the time added up. The effective sentence is 12 years of prison, suspended after five years — not 36 years in prison suspended after 15 — followed by the probation.

State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky deferred questions about the case to Assistant State’s Attorney Deborah Mabbett who prosecuted the case, but Ms. Mabbett refused to answer any questions about the case or discuss the decision of accepting the plea.

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