Willimantic Couple Charged With Sexual Assault Of A Child

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Franklin and Tina Gelinas, both of Willimantic, are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, police said. (Courtesy of Willimantic Police Department)

WILLIMANTIC — A husband and wife were arrested on Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a child, police said.

Franklin and Tina Gelinas, both of Willimantic, are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, police said. The charge was a result of an investigation that began in March.

Franklin Gelinas was charged with three counts each of first-degree sexual assault on a victim under 10 years old and first-degree sexual assault on a victim under 13 years old. He is also charged with six counts of illegal sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old and second-degree sexual assault.

He was held with bail set at $500,000, police said.

Tina Gelinas is charged with first-degree sexual assault on a victim under 10 years old, illegal sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old, second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

She was held with bail set at $100,000, according to police.

Police did not say how many victims were involved. The investigation began on March 5, after police received a referral from the Department of Children and Families.

By Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant

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