A former reverend and stepfather of a murder victim accused of rape was arraigned Thursday afternoon.
William Baskerville, who was a reverend at the Third Baptist Church in Suffield, was arrested Wednesday on first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint charges.
Eyewitness News learned Baskerville, 53, of Enfield is the stepfather of Ashley Peoples. She was kidnapped and murdered by her boyfriend Daryl Crenshaw in 2008. He was later found in Mexico and convicted for the crime.
According to court papers, a woman reported to the Suffield Police Department that she was sexually assaulted by Baskerville in her home around Sept. 24, 2011.
"Certainly the length and period from the actual occurrence date and the officer investigating it well over a year would bring some difficulties to the case," said Suffield police Chief Mark Manzi. "However, the prosecutors and the judge at the Enfield Superior Court did sign the arrest warrant."
The arrest warrant said Baskerville and the alleged victim had a brief sexual relationship in late 2008/early 2009.
During the trial for Crenshaw in 2010, Baskerville and his wife were often seen sitting separately.
In fact, police were called to this home in Enfield's Thompsonville section earlier this year after he and his wife got in some kind of argument and a protective order was placed against him.
On Thursday, Baskerville, who police believe is working as a cab driver in the Willimantic area, appeared in Enfield Superior Court.
His wife was not in court, however his sister was present. However, she did not comment on his court appearance or the charges against him.
In court, Eyewitness News learned Baskerville is just living at friends' homes, he is no longer welcome to stay with family, and appears to have a drinking issue.
He was unable to pay the $540 bail to free himself, so he will remain in jail until his next court appearance.
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