An 84-year-old man accused of raping a 7-year-old Bridgeport girl has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and other charges.
Joseph Livramento, who had been living in Cape Verde off the coast of Africa, appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday.
The Connecticut Post reports that police say Livramento fled the country after the girl complained to a school counselor of the alleged assault. He was arrested on Sept. 5 when he returned for an appointment with a West Haven eye doctor.
Authorities say that in September 2007 Livramento was visiting the girl's family from Cape Verde when he offered to help her with her math homework. The arrest warrant say he threw her onto the floor and raped her.
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