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Willimantic couple charged with sexual assault

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Franklin and Tina Gelinas were arrested Tuesday. Franklin and Tina Gelinas were arrested Tuesday.
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

The Willimantic Police Department arrested a married couple after they were accused of sexual assault that took place six years ago.

Police said the victim is a blood relative of Franklin and Tina Gelinas, and was six or seven years old when the assault occured.

Police said an investigation was launched in March after the victim, who has intellectual disabilities, confided in a middle school paraprofessional. Police said the Department of Children and Families was then informed about the incident.

Franklin and Tina Gelinas were arrested Tuesday.

Franklin Gelinas was charged with:

  • First-degree sexual assault with a victim younger than 10 years old (three counts)
  • First-degree sexual assault with a victim younger than 13 years old (three counts)
  • Illegal sexual contact with a victim younger than 13 years old (six counts)
  • Second-degree sexual assault

Tina Gelinas was charged with:

  • First-degree sexual assault with a victim younger than 10 years old
  • Illegal sexual contact with a victim younger than 13 years old
  • Second-degree sexual assault
  • Risk of injury to a minor

Franklin Gelinas and Tina Gelinas were arraigned at Danielson Superior Court on Wednesday. Tina Gelinas was released on a promise to appear in court. Franklin Gelinas had his bond reduced to $25,000. 

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