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One Year Sentence For Former Marshal In Sex Case

(CBS Connecticut) — As part of a plea agreement, a former judicial marshal was sentenced to a year in prison today, mostly for sex-related charges.

Michael Connelly was a judicial marshal in Waterbury where his now-deceased brother John Connelly was the top prosecutor.

As he stood before the judge in Litchfield Superior Court, Michael Connelly said he was sorry, and he said he made bad decisions.

The judge noted that a judicial marshal’s job is one of public trust.

Michael Connelly was accused of pretending to be a police officer, and telling women that he would arrest them unless they had sex with him.  He was also accused of hiring prostitutes.

He was convicted of sexual assault, human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and larceny.

The state said Connelly had two images of child pornography among thousands of images on computer media, but the defense pointed out that the child porn charges were dismissed, and argued that they could not have been proven at trial.

Michael Connelly was accused of taking photos of some of the sexual assault victims with his cell phones.

In court, his lawyer asked for the Blackberries back, because they had images of Connelly’s late mother.

The state’s attorney said photos of the victims had to be deleted first.

As the sentencing hearing ended, a judicial marshal wearing blue protective gloves cuffed Connelly’s wrists.

Marshals then led him out of the courtroom and down a narrow flight of stairs.

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