MERIDEN — A Torrington man faces charges after police said he assaulted a local teen in July 2017.
James Burch, 34, of 17 Tarleton St., Torrington, was charged Monday with risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault.
On July 5, 2017, a then 15-year-old and her parents reported an assault that took place while the teen was walking home after the city fireworks display two days prior. Police observed the teen had bruising around her eyes and cheeks, according to Burch’s arrest warrant.
The teen told police she was walking along West Main Street near Sam’s Market around 8 p.m. when a car pulled over. A girl got out, became involved in an argument with the teen, and made a phone call, the warrant said.
A short time later three other cars pulled up and she was surrounded by a crowd of about 15 people, including adults, the warrant said. The teen said a man, later identified as Burch, punched her in the right side of the head and then others in the group started assaulting her before they eventually left.
The teen told police she was able to find Burch on Facebook and identified him as the man that struck her, the warrant said. The teen’s mother provided medical documents showing the teen had a hemorrhage of the right eye and a head injury.
Burch was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, Burch has previous convictions including interfering with police, possession of marijuana, carrying a pistol without a permit and violation of a protective order. The judge set bond at $10,000 and continued the case to Nov. 21.