Griswold town hall arsonist back in prison

Curt A. Rivard Jr., who spent six years in prison for setting fire to the Griswold Town Hall and vandalizing a flea market in 2006, is back in prison on charges that he violated his probation by committing several new crimes.

Rivard was 18 years old when he was sentenced in November 2007 after pleading guilty to second-degree arson and third-degree burglary.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit on file in New London Superior Court, Rivard, now 24, received 137 disciplinary tickets, several of them for assaulting Department of Correction staff and public indecency, while he was incarcerated. He was released in September 2013 and began five years of probation.

In October 2013, New London police charged Rivard with disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a fight with his cousin at 51 Coit St., according to the affidavit. Officers who were called to the scene found him hiding behind a shed. Later that month, he admitted to drinking alcohol and getting intoxicated in violation of an order to use no drugs or alcohol.

In January 2014, Rivard, who is wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet, admitted he violated his 9 p.m. curfew. In March, Ledyard police charged him with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle after he was stopped for speeding. Police said they found two BB guns in the car.

Rivard also tried to remove his GPS bracelet on March 4 and failed to appear in court two times, according to the affidavit.

On May 7, he was found at a residence on Mathewson Street in Jewett City. State police that day charged him with having a small amount of marijuana and two Ambien pills for which he did not have a prescription.

Rivard, who is being held in lieu of $220,000 at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center, appeared in court Tuesday wearing a neon yellow prison jumpsuit and accompanied by two correction officers.

Judge Hillary B. Strackbein appointed attorney Kevin C. Barrs to represent him and continued the case to June 23.

— Karen Florin


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