Warrant Issued for Woman in Giordano Sex Case
By DAVE COLLINS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has ordered the arrest of a woman convicted in the child-sex case of former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano on a charge she violated the conditions of her release from prison.
The woman disappeared Sunday after testing positive for cocaine and committing other violations of her supervised release, and her family is worried about her, authorities said. She was supposed to begin outpatient drug treatment Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport signed a warrant Tuesday for her arrest.
She was sentenced in 2003 to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised released for conspiring to entice her preteen daughter and niece into performing sex acts with Giordano. She also was sentenced to 10 years in prison on state charges. She was released from jail in May 2010 and placed on supervised release.
The Associated Press is not naming her to protect the identities of the victims. Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday for her lawyer and relatives.
Giordano, a Republican who lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to Joe Lieberman, is serving a 37-year prison sentence on federal convictions including violating the civil rights of the two girls, then ages 8 and 10, by sexually abusing them while he was mayor. He is appealing his sentence and insists he didn’t have sexual contact with the girls.
The woman, who federal authorities said was a prostitute and crack cocaine addict at the time of her arrest in 2001, moved back to Waterbury after her release and was forced to register as a sex offender because of her convictions, according to the arrest warrant application by a federal probation officer, Jane Cofone.
Cofone said the woman has been living with a friend in Miramar, Fla., and returning to Connecticut only for probation officer appointments, which violates a condition that she not leave the state without permission from a judge or probation officer. Her living in Florida also violated sex offender registration requirements.
The woman tested positive for cocaine last month, also in violation of her release conditions, Cofone said in the warrant application.
Cofone recommends that the judge revoke the woman’s supervised release and send her back to prison.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment Wednesday.
Prosecutors have said Giordano paid the woman to arrange oral sex with the two girls on about 15 occasions while he was mayor. The woman admitted bringing one or both of the girls to the mayor’s office, Giordano’s former law office and other locations for sex, prosecutors said.