Pilot killed in crash was under investigation for sexual assault
By WFSB Staff
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -
An arrest warrant affidavit revealed a Torrington man killed in a plane crash last month was under investigation for sexual assault.
James Seaver's rental plane went down at Robertson Field Airport in Plainville, missing the runway by inches.
Now there are more questions as to how and why the plane went down.
According to police, Seaver's plane went down just one day after the state's attorney received an affidavit for his arrest.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News has learned that Seaver knew the sexual assault charges were forthcoming.
As federal investigators started working their way through the plane's wreckage, a request was made to see if there were any open investigations against Seaver.
Torrington police said the state's attorney received the affidavit for first degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
According to the affidavit, the victim, now 14 years old, admitted to her mother that she was "raped" by Seaver just two years ago. It continues to say that when the victim's mother confronted Seaver during a phone conversation, he admitted the abuse took place three or four times saying, "I mean, I know it's a big deal, but I only held her and touched her. She gave me attention and she came into my bed. Oh, that's right, I think one time in her bed."
He added, "I have no money. None of my friends will bail out a child molester."
According to police, Seaver then called the victim's 16-year-old brother and said, "I just want to let you know I didn't have sex with her. I just touched her."
The affidavit was sent on July 25, and he was killed the next day.
The tough question now is what caused the plane crash? Reports showed Seaver rented the plane and on his application he had about 1,000 hours of flying time.
Eyewitness News called the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, DC, and officials said "There was no record of radio contact with air traffic control."
The NTSB said it may take a year to find out why the plane went down, killing Seaver.
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