Ex-Trumbull cop ordered to stay away from teenaged girl

Trumbull Police Officer Michael Gonzalez, 40, has been charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.

Trumbull Police Officer Michael Gonzalez, 40, has been charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.

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BRIDGEPORT — A retired Trumbull police officer accused of tracking a teenaged girl’s information with a police computer was ordered Thursday to have no contact with her.

“Listen closely: You are to have no contact at all with the victim, do you understand that?” state Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton asked Michael Gonzalez as he stood before her nodding his head.

Gonzalez, 40, who retired from the Police Department last year after being arrested for assaulting a female office he was allegedly having an affair with, is accused of using the Police Department computer to get the address and car registration information for a teenaged girl he is accused of later sexually assaulting at her Trumbull home.

State police, who took over the investigation from Trumbull Police, said Gonzalez was not charged with sex assault because the girl’s mother reported the alleged incident 20 days after the statute of limitations on the charge, fourth-degree sex assault, had run out.

He is charged with third-degree computer crime, a felony.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge that prosecutors are exploring additional charges against Gonzalez.

“I’m not charged with stalking her, get it right,” Gonzalez angrily told a Hearst reporter after the court hearing.

“At this point these are allegations only and Michael is entitled to the presumption of innocence as we all are,” added his lawyer, Daniel Esposito.

Gonzalez did not enter a plea Thursday to the computer crime and the judge continued the case to Aug. 22.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on Aug. 24, 2018, the teen’s mother contacted Trumbull Police Sgt. Brian Weir, who she was acquainted with, “frantically telling him that the victim had just told her that Gonzalez tried to rape her sometime in 2017.”

Internal affairs investigators for the police department interviewed the then-18-year-old girl on Aug. 27, 2018. On Oct. 31, 2018, the case was turned over to state police who again interviewed the teen, the affidavit states.

It states that the teen told them that in the afternoon of Aug. 3, 2017, she was home, lying by her pool sunbathing when Gonzalez, her former supervisor in the Police Department’s cadet program, suddenly appeared in her backyard, uninvited.

“Hey beautiful,” the affidavit states Gonzalez told the teen.

It continues that Gonzalez asked the teen if he could use her bathroom. She let him into the house and showed him where the bathroom was but instead, he went into her bedroom, opened her dresser drawer and pulled out her bras and underwear. He then turned to her and told her, “I want you,” the affidavit states.

It continues that Gonzalez grabbed the girl and began groping her. She attempted to fight him off, but he put her in a choke hold, the affidavit states.

The teen warned Gonzalez that her father would be home soon, and he eventually let her go stating, “I’m just trying to have fun with you,” the affidavit states. The teen was able to push him out of the house and he left.

The affidavit states that police were able to confirm that Gonzalez’s patrol car was parked at the teen’s home when she said the assault occurred. The teen’s boyfriend also confirmed that the teen had told him of the incident, the affidavit states.