A Bridgeport man arrested by Westport police for raping a girl in Westport in November 2012 pleaded not guilty to rape and risk of injury charges Friday.
Joseph Carey, 23, of 508 Harrol Ave., who has been released after posting a $100,000 bond made the pleas with his New York City attorney Rachel Barmack at the Stamford courthouse.
Carey was charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor on Oct. 23 and the case was transferred to the Part A docket in Stamford, where the most serious cases in the area are adjudicated.
According to his arrest affidavit, the girl 17, and her aunt turned up at Westport police headquarters on Nov. 23, 2012 to report that she had been raped earlier that morning by Carey.
The girl said that she was visiting her aunt in Westport when Carey, who was an acquaintance, insisted on visiting her.
She said he walked from train station to her aunt’s home late at night. Soon after getting there, she said Carey began touching her inappropriately. She told him several times to stop, the affidavit said.
But she said Carey began squeezing the back of her neck and she felt as though she was being choked. He then pulled off her leggings and forced himself on her, the affidavit said.
She said during the assault she was trying to breathe and cry for help, but the only thing she could do was cry.
After the assault when Carey leaned over and kissed her on the forehead and said, “thank you,” she could smell the alcohol on his breath, the affidavit said.
After making her complaint, a police officer called Carey who denied having sex with the girl. He said he would come down and talk to police, but police say he changed his phone number and never came to the station to answer questions about the incident.
In June the Forensic Science Laboratory in Middletown notified Westport police that they were able to determine that the girl’s leggings turned over to police and sent to the lab contained two semen stains.
After a search warrant was signed for Carey’s DNA, he went to the police department where he submitted to a buccal swab to collect his DNA and the sample was sent to the lab. A month later police were notified that Carey’s DNA was consistent with the semen stains on the leggings and a warrant was signed for his arrest, the affidavit said.
Carey is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 13.