VERNON, CT (WFSB) – A Manchester firefighter was arrested for a series of violent sexual assaults that happened in the towns of Manchester and Vernon.
Angelo Alleano Jr., 47, of Vernon, was charged in the cases, which spanned from 2001 to 2008.
He was arrested on Wednesday by Vernon police following an unrelated domestic violence offense.
The warrant for Alleano was released on Thursday afternoon.
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The investigation began in 2001 in Manchester. It involved a burglary and the sexual assault of an 84-year-old woman, police said.
Another happened in 2004 with the victim being a 57-year-old female in Manchester.
A third incident happened in 2007 in Manchester. The fourth happened in Vernon in 2008. Both of those victims were women in their 30s.
Information about all of the victims was not released to protect their identities.
DNA evidence and the suspect's family tree were used to narrow down Alleano as the suspect.
According to the arrest warrant, Alleano forced his way into all of the victim's homes and he, "had intimate knowledge of his victims and their residences" and he "used a pillow to cover the faces," and in three out of four cases, "the suspect asked for money."
Alleano was charged with: four counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of second-degree burglary.
His bond was set at $5 million.
He was also charged with disorderly conduct for the unrelated domestic violence offense on Wednesday. His bond for that was $100,000.
Alleano was given a court date of Friday in Hartford.
Manchester's Deputy General Manager tells Channel 3 that Alleano had been with the town since 1997 and that the arrest is shocking and sickening.
"The Town of Manchester is shocked, dismayed, and sickened at the allegations made public today. The men and women that make up the Town’s workforce dedicate their lives to public service and nowhere is that commitment to the Manchester community more evident than with the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS (MFRE) Department, who on a daily basis put their lives on the line to care and protect Manchester residents. Like everyone else, the Town and MFRE are struggling to make sense of this news and will be proactive partners in this ongoing investigation. We thank our Detective team at the Manchester Police Department for their resolute efforts to pursue justice on these cold cases. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and everyone else affected by these tragic events," said Steven Stepanou, Manchester Deputy General Manager.
The town has initiated a termination process against Alleano.
Detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vernon Det. Thomas Van Tasel 860-872-9126 or Manchester Det. James Moore 860-6455500. Callers may remain anonymous.
Vernon police were joined by the Manchester Police Department and state police representatives for a joint press conference on Thursday.
The FBI and Eastern Connecticut Health Network helped with the case.
Tune into Channel 3 for updates.