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Judge Rejects Sealing Records In Alleged Group Sex Assault

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By DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut judge has rejected requests to seal the entire file in the case of a teenage girl suing several boys and their parents over an alleged group sexual assault in Madison.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert ruled Monday that the girl and the seven boys can use pseudonyms, but he said their interests don’t outweigh the public’s interest in open courts. A copy of the ruling was obtained by The Associated Press.

The judge also rejected a request to bar the public from the courtroom.

The girl and her mother are suing the boys and their parents on allegations she was sexually assaulted by five defendants on New Year’s Eve 2009 at the home of one of the boys.

The boys were criminally charged in Juvenile Court.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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