Woman charged by Meriden police with 10 felonies, including sexual assault

Woman charged by Meriden police with 10 felonies, including sexual assault



MERIDEN — A Willimantic woman faces 10 felony charges after police say she sexually assaulted a 10-year-old while babysitting.

Marybeth Rataic, 25, of 33 Park St., Willimantic, was arrested at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and seven counts of risk of injury to a minor.

According to the arrest warrant, the mother of the child filed a report with city police on Aug. 25. The boy told his mother Rataic and he had sex on at least three occasions, the warrant says.

The boy’s mother was friends with Rataic, and Rataic would babysit her four children, the warrant said. The boy was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where a forensic interview was completed. The reported incidents happened between Aug. 19 and 23.

A Department of Children and Families investigator and a police detective went to Rataic’s home in September. When asked about the allegations, Rataic said the boy forced the sexual activity on her, the warrant said. Rataic said she didn’t tell anyone what happened because she was “embarrassed.”

According to the state judicial website, Rataic has one conviction for disorderly conduct in 2010. She was given a one-year jail sentence that was suspended and a one- year conditional discharge.

Rataic was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Tuesday. Judge Philip Scarpellino kept the bond at $150,000. A public defender appointed to represent Rataic requested a mental health watch for possible psychological issues. Scarpellino ordered that Rataic have no contact with the child. She is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Nov. 25.


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