Monday, November 17, 2008

Craig Driscoll - Repeat Sex Offender - Multiple Charges

A registered sex offender was arrested Sunday on a child pornography charge stemming from pending probation violations, police reported Monday.

Craig Driscoll, 28, whose last known address was 87 Ash St., apt. 2, is on probation and required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 2006 conviction on felony sexual assault charges.

Driscoll’s probation officer filed violations against him after Driscoll was found drinking with two teenaged girls in Wilton in July, and probation officers found suspected child pornography in his home on Aug. 8, a prosecutor said previously.

Driscoll was arrested and jailed for about three weeks, but Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge William Groff ordered his release later that month, as prosecutors were not prepared to offer evidence on the various allegations against him.

The law requires prosecutors to prove that any alleged child pornography shows an actual child. After further investigation, police were able to confirm “at least one” image with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database, Detective Lt. Jeffrey Bukunt said Monday.

Driscoll was arrested Sunday and held overnight for arraignment Monday on a single count of possession of child pornography. Driscoll also faces a probation violation hearing on Dec. 8 in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

Police are still investigating the child pornography matter, and it’s possible that prosecutors will seek additional indictments through the grand jury, Bukunt said.

Driscoll is on probation as a result of a 2006 conviction for felony sexual assault charges, stemming from a 2005 case in which he was accused of raping a 14-year-old Manchester girl and threatening her with a gun and knife.

Driscoll pleaded guilty to two felony sexual assault charges, and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, followed by five years on probation. He also was required to register as a sex offender and complete a long-term sexual offender treatment program.

The prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Paula Philbrook, said previously that she negotiated the plea deal because the girl had become too anxious to testify against Driscoll.

Driscoll did his time, and was free on probation when Wilton police found him drinking in the company of two girls, ages 17 and 16, on July 6, according to a report filed by probation officer Jason Berry.

Driscoll was released on personal recognizance pending a hearing on that violation. The next month, Berry searched Driscoll’s home, acting on an anonymous tip, and found alleged child pornography on his computer, he reported.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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