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Norwalk Teen Charged With Statutory Rape

NORWALK, Conn. — A young Norwalk man who allegedly refused to stop having a romantic relationship with an underage girl was arrested Thursday. Leo Michael, 19, of 391 Newtown Road, was charged with second-degree sexual assault and injury/risk/impairing morals. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Michael could spend 20 years in prison because the sexual assault charge is a class B felony, according to Lt. Ashley Gonzalez, commander of the Norwalk Police Youth Bureau. If convicted, he would be put on the sexual offenders list.

Gonzalez said one of the Norwalk girl's parents contacted his department in October to complain about the inappropriate relationship between Michael and the 15-year-old girl. The girl's father and Detective Terrance Blake told Michael that she is a minor and that he should stay away from her, Gonzalez said. The parents were satisfied that the relationship had ended and did not want him arrested. But in April, the parents became aware that they were again boyfriend and girlfriend. Police investigated. Gonzalez said police can document three incidents of sexual relations between the two.

Michael was uncooperative but turned himself in Thursday morning after police left word that there was a warrant for his arrest.

"This is unfortunate, but we're string to see more cases like this come forward," Gonzalez said. "We're looking at two more right now. In one of these cases the girl might be pregnant."

Gonzales said this was not a case of cultural differences and that Michael has an "extensive history with us for different things."

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