Elderly man to serve eight months for sex assault

An 83-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday in New London Superior Court to sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman on Dec. 15, 2013, at the George Washington Carver housing complex in New London.

 Thomas A. Brooks, who has been incarcerated since New London police arrested him in February, was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by 10 years of probation for third-degree sexual assault. He is required to register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

 Brooks, who has health problems and is hearing impaired, answered a series of questions posed by Judge Hillary B. Strackbein and relayed by his attorney, Peter E. Scillieri, to ensure that he understood the proceeding.

 According to the state, Brooks, who lived at 202 Colman St., had known the victim a short period of time and had approached her for sex, but she wasn’t interested. She said that during the Dec. 15 incident, he knocked on her apartment door, woke her up and sexually assaulted her. She told her caseworker that Brooks was “digging his hands into her throat” during the incident. She said he left the apartment after telling her not to tell anyone what had happened.

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