A 45-year-old man is heading to prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Fairfield County after posing as a teenager on the Internet.
Torrington resident Christopher Galvin, 45, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison, followed by 10 years probation after he pleaded guilty in January to second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and enticing a minor through a computer.
When Galvin is released from prison, he will have to register as a sexual offender and will be barred from having contact with minors without previous approval. An Order of Protection was also issued on behalf of Galvin’s victim.
According to police, Galvin had an ongoing sexual relationship with his female juvenile victim from Shelton over an extended period of time. The investigation determined that he met the teenager when she was 13 and sexually assaulted her in his car after she fell asleep. She woke up and began screaming, police said.
Following the sexual assault, Galvin continued to email and text the teen to justify his actions, even after discovering that she had made a complaint to police. Investigators obtained search warrants for Galvin’s emails with his victim, which included mentions of sexual encounters and messages pressuring the girl to send sexually explicit photos to him.
At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Amy Bepko read an impact statement from Galvin’s victim.
“By the grace of God, none of my injuries were physical. The actions of Mr. Galvin caused me extreme emotional distress. I lost my spirit to defend myself against anyone. Instead, I just break down and cry, wishing that I was someone else or somewhere else. I’m terrified of confrontation. I hurt my relationships because I can’t communicate," she wrote.
Galvin has a lengthy rap sheet with multiple arrests for sexual offenses. According to reports, Galvin’s lawyer claimed that his criminal behavior began following his father’s suicide in 2013.
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