BRIDGEPORT – A 26-year-old city man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met through church.
The girl’s mother sobbed as she told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin how her daughter had survived the 2010 earthquake in Haiti only to end up the victim of a sexual predator, Jean Eugene.
“My daughter’s school was destroyed by the earthquake while she was in it, she saw her classmates die in front of her,” the mother cried. “We came here for a better life but this man made sure that would not happen. My daughter is traumatized; the children at school tease her calling her Mrs. Eugene.”
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Cornelius Kelly told the judge Eugene, of Ogden Street, would have sex with the girl on nearly a daily basis while her parents were at work. He said the parents only learned of the relationship when they read their daughter’s Facebook page.
Eugene later pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault for the crime. His lawyer, Sam Kretzmer, told the judge her client, who did not speak during the hearing, took responsibility for his actions.
“These laws are on the books to protect young girls,” Devlin responded. He then sentenced Eugene to eight years, suspended after he serves four years in prison and followed by 10 years probation. He ordered Eugene to register as a sex offender.