Sen. Seminara statement on Bristol child sex abuse case

February 2, 2024

For Immediate Release

Sen. Lisa Seminara, Ranking Senator on the Committee on Children, issued the following statement on the Bristol man arrested on sexual assault and child endangerment charges for the alleged consistent sexual assault and abuse of a girl in his care for nearly a decade, and the fathering of her child when she was 13.

“As we attempt to process this absolutely awful story of alleged repeated abuse, we first must pause to consider and pray for the courageous victim. Next, we must ask pointed questions. How could this have happened? How did the system fail? Why did it fail? Who must be held accountable?  What must we, as lawmakers, do to prevent future failures? We need answers, we have to tackle this on multiple levels, and we need to discuss this in open forums. I will work with my colleagues on the Committee on Children and with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to determine these corrective action steps.”