Man charged with hate crime in Ledyard church vandalism
Ledyard ― Police charged a 33-year-old Norwich man on Tuesday with a hate crime in connection with vandalism and profane graffiti painted inside a Gales Ferry church last month.
Madison Barrett, with a last known address of 197 Central Ave., is charged with second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.
Barrett was arrested in connection with a March 11 break-in at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where police said they discovered bricks, rocks and religious decorations had been used to break 10 windows around the building at 1650 Route 12. Inside the church, police allege Barrett painted profanities on the floor and walls.
Ledyard police, in a statement, said investigators were assisted by the FBI and Connecticut State Police Biased Crimes Unit. Police said they also received tips from the public.
Interviews with family and acquaintances revealed that Barrett has learning disabilities and has struggled with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
Barrett was held in lieu of $30,000 and will be presented in New London Superior Court at a later date.
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