June 6, 2014
by Terry D. Cowgill | June 6, 2014 3:30am
It is a sad day when struggling communities have to look to state government for sustenance and rejuvenation. But such is the case with Torrington, a once proud mill town in the upper Naugatuck Valley.
May 30, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | May 30, 2014 12:07pm
May 28, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | May 28, 2014 2:33pm
December 27, 2013
by Terry D. Cowgill | December 27, 2013 5:30am
November 8, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | November 8, 2013 5:30am
May 3, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | May 3, 2013 4:30am
The stories keep getting worse out of Torrington. Four different teenage boys affiliated with the Torrington High football program were charged in February and March with statutory rape. On the heels of that, some of their classmates took to social media to further humiliate the victims. And now there’s this:
Another incident surfaced in Litchfield Superior Court this week in which three other boys — two of whom were affiliated football team at the time — are charged with the 2011 gang-rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl. The Register Citizen reports details of the allegations unflinchingly and graphically in this harrowing read.
April 20, 2013
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 20, 2013 4:47am
According to the arrest warrants, a 13-year-old girl said “no.” Not just once. Multiple times. But an 18-year-old football player had sex with her anyway.
By the law, by any normal, decent person’s standards, that’s called rape. It doesn’t matter if she snuck out of her house at 3 a.m.; it doesn’t matter if she smoked pot for the first time; it doesn’t matter if that 18-year-old football player plied her with alcohol first. She said “no.” More than once. And when a girl says “No, I don’t want to have sex,” then a man is supposed to respect that.
Otherwise, there’s a term for him: Rapist.
April 10, 2013
by Christine Stuart | April 10, 2013 12:15pm
(Updated 4:55 p.m.) The largest municipal lobby in the state isn’t giving up its fight against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget. In fact, its lobbying efforts have only increased as a deadline for the legislature’s budget looms.
Tags: CCM, Jim Finley, Ryan Bingham, Betsy Paterson, Brendan Sharkey, budget, dh
March 21, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | March 21, 2013 4:30am
Two Torrington High School football players have been accused of sexual assault. But online, who’s getting the blame? Who’s being bullied? Two 13-year-old girls. If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it happens all the time. It has to end.
There aren’t a lot of details about what happened because the cases are sealed, but what we do know is chilling: two Torrington football players stand accused of the second-degree sexual assault of two 13-year-old victims. What’s heartbreaking, and what’s depressingly expected, is that students from the Torrington public schools took to social media to harass, taunt, and bully the victims. Here’s a smattering of what Register Citizen reporter Jessica Glenza was able to uncover:
“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” said one Twitter user. “If it takes two then why is only one in trouble? Ha,” said another. “[S]ticking up for a girl who wanted the D and then snitched? have a seat pleaseeee,” wrote someone else. “You destroyed two people’s life,” someone accused her. It goes on like this. There are almost certainly a lot more that were either deleted, posted elsewhere, or not found.
Tags: rape, sexual assault, Torrington, Steubenville, football, Susan Bigelow, dh
November 7, 2012
by Terry Cowgill and Ellen Delisio | November 7, 2012 1:35am
Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty emerged victorious in a close contest against veteran state Sen. Andrew Roraback on Tuesday, outpolling Roraback 52 to 48 percent and helping the Democratic Party hold onto all five of Connecticut’s congressional seats.