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Former state trooper accused of rape said it was consensual

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

The former state trooper charged with sexually assaulting an 81-year-old woman faced a judge Monday and said it was consensual.

Jeffrey Laporto, 43, was taken into custody on Friday after police said he sexually assaulted the woman at a Windsor Locks motel. However, in court on Monday, Laporto's attorney said the two met at a local bar and went back to her motel room and had consensual sex.

Police are still investigating what exactly happened at the Quality Inn last Thursday night, but they said evidence shows that Laporto raped the 81-year-old woman and that the assault left her with substantial injuries. Police also said they had received a call from the woman's son who told them she had been raped.

"My client is maintaining that if anything did happen, it was a consensual situation," said Donald Papcsy, Laporto's attorney.

The arrest warrant has been sealed, but Laporto's attorney said the woman was from out of state and was visiting. The attorney also said there were witnesses who saw Laporto and the woman at the bar and saw them leave together just after midnight. He also said the two asked for assistance to find the woman's hotel room, and someone witnessed that.

Laporto lives in Windsor with his wife and two children. He was a state trooper but was fired three years ago. It is unknown why; however, Eyewitness News has requested his file. He was also a Navy veteran.

Laporto's bond was set at $250,000 and the judge issued a protective order for the woman.

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