CHESHIRE — A local man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault charges stemming from a 2016 incident.
Dale Walters, 20, of 122 Willow St., was charged on Dec. 13, 2016 with first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault. Walters pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of illegal sexual contact. During an appearance in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday, he was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison, suspended after five years to serve, followed by 10 years of probation.
On Nov. 2, 2016 Cheshire police met with a juvenile at the high school who reported that Walters hit her in the stomach and forced her to perform sex acts, according to Walters’ arrest warrant. At the time of his arrest, Walters was 17 years old, but the case was automatically transferred to adult court.