Aviation crash victim target of sexual assault investigation
By WFSB Staff
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -
An arrest warrant affidavit reveals the pilot killed in a July crash at Robertson Airport in Plainville was the target of a sexual assault investigation and police in Torrington applied for an arrest warrant.
Eyewitness News obtained the arrest warrant affidavit from Torrington police on Friday night. The document details claims made against 51-year-old city resident James Seaver. Seaver died when his small plane crashed July 26 after a failed landing at Plainville's airport.
Police said Friday night the application for the warrant was dated July 25 and added the department was preparing to charge Seaver with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor with sexual contact.
According to the affidavit, the now 14-year-old victim told police, "I was raped by Jim two years ago." The girl's mother told police her daughter was too scared to tell her what happened and wrote it down on paper. Police seized the paper as evidence.
The affidavit states the assault allegedly happened during sleepovers at Seaver's house sometime in 2010. Police said the mother called her attorney after her daughter told her what happened. The warrant goes on to say the mother confronted Seaver in June of this year, and that at the end of a conversation Seaver said, "Can't we find a therapist that doesn't have to report?"
Police interviewed a number of witnesses in the case, however they say Seaver, on the advice of his lawyer, declined to be interviewed.
Meanwhile, the cause of the plane crash that killed Seaver remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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