Norwalk Advocate

STAMFORD - A 16-year-old city boy will spend five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy last year.

Axel Escalante, formerly of 135-7 Stillwater Ave., could have received far more prison time if not for a request from the victim’s family for a lesser sentence, attorneys said.

Escalante, an immigrant from Guatemala and the youngest of 10 brothers, pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor in exchange for a maximum five-year prison term, attorneys said.

The victim’s family signed off on the deal in part because they did not want the boy to testify about the assault, said the prosecutor, Assistant State’s Attorney Maureen Ornousky.

The victim has had nightmares, and his family is “concerned over how this will affect his development,” Ornousky said.

The state also considered Escalante’s age and the wish of the victim’s family that he receive counseling instead of a lengthy prison stay, Ornousky said.

Escalante was at the victim’s home May 7 when he assaulted the boy. Doctors found evidence of sexual penetration, Ornousky said.

Escalante’s family was friendly with the victim’s family, and it was not unusual for Escalante to visit their home, attorneys said.

Police charged Escalante with first-degree sexual assault. The physical evidence gave prosecutors a strong case against him, Ornousky said.

“If (Escalante) were older, with this kind of evidence, we’d be looking for quite a bit longer of incarceration,” Ornousky said.

Escalante’s public defender, Susan Hankins, asked the judge for a two-year sentence.

Escalante, who has no record and may face deportation, apologized before Judge Richard Comerford.

“I know the boy has been harmed physically and mentally,” he said through a Spanish-language interpreter. “I don’t have anything else to say.”

Escalante’s father, Concepcion, asked for mercy and said none of Escalante’s nine brothers had ever been in trouble.

“This is my last son, and I have to accept what he did,” Concepcion Escalante said. “I ask forgiveness for what he has done.”

Comerford was not swayed.

“You can’t have this kind of behavior in civilized society,” the judge said before imposing the five-year sentence. “I don’t care how old he is.”

About a dozen of Escalante’s family and friends declined to comment after the hearing at state Superior Court in Stamford. The victim’s family also declined to comment.

Escalante will be on probation for 15 years after his release. He must register as a sex offender during his probation, the judge ruled.

5 Responses to “Teen Jailed For Sexually Assaulting 3-Year-Old”
  1. steaknife says:

    Oh my God! This bastard wants mercy?? What mercy will this 3 year old get the rest of his life reliving this horror? What kind of animals are we letting into this country? Our country has become the sewer of all sewers. We are the “free zone” for the third world’s worst. We attract criminals as fast as shit draws flies. When will this end? Only when we, the people, take back our government.

  2. 1Madmomma says:

    “Escalante who has no record and may face deportation, apologized before Judge Richard Comerford”. MAY FACE DEPORTATION! MAY! What the hell is that about? I thought, because that is what we keep hearing from our Government, who so badly want Comprehensive Immigration Reform tells us, that those that commit crimes will not be allowed to stay, and this has the phrase, MAY FACE DEPORTATION! If he is not deported, he will commit another sexual crime. How dare these lowlifes. This is in no way JUSTICE! The whole family needs to go back to Guatemala.

  3. Faye says:

    Ohhhhh, EEEEEEPPPPPP. Ignoring this one, too?

  4. Johnny says:

    Got to love how the person who wrote this article trys to down play this predator. “A 16 yeard old city boy”

    Here we go…..This piece of shit will get off easy and will end up raping and molesting a bunch of other kids until they finally put him away for good.

    I tell you what, if a 16 year-old touched my 3 year-old that 16 year-old would not live to see another day.

  5. jo says:

    if he had been a citizen he would have been tried as an adult. sometime adults have “younger’ family members cop to a crime, because that know about the juvenile angle, especially the illegals . something about this story is attracting my shit detector ,but i’ll let it be. so now we have not only a 16 years old “boy” that is a predator and i have a feeling that the 3 yrs old victim might just grow up to also become one. that thing about not wanting the 3 yrs old baby to testify is a bunch of crap. it ain’t right something about this stinks.

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