Man to serve seven years for sexual assault of young girl

Thirty-seven year old Shayne Buckley apologized for sexually assaulting a young girl he knew as he was sentenced today in New London Superior Court to seven years in prison followed by 10 years of strict probation.

“I just want to apologize for what has happened,” the former of Gales Ferry resident said.

According to the state, relatives arrived at the 12-year-old victim's home on Aug. 24 to find Buckley and the girl performing a sexual act in the living room. The girl told a family member that Buckley had been sexually assaulting her since she was 6. Buckley admitted to the assaults but contended they had begun eight months earlier.

The victim did not attend the sentencing or respond to requests for input during Buckley’s presentencing investigation.

“This is certainly a very serious betrayal, and I’m assuming the victim will need some type of counseling to move on from this abusive situation,” prosecutor Theresa Anne Ferryman said.

Buckley, who was represented by attorney M. Fred DeCaprio from the public defender’s office, has been incarcerated since August.

“It’s obviously a very serious offense and Mr. Buckley recognizes that and had taken responsibility,” DeCaprio said.

Buckley will be required to undergo sexual offender evaluation and treatment and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. Judge Hillary B. Strackbein ordered him to have no contact with the victim or her family and no contact with minors.

k.florin@theday.com

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