By David Owens, Hartford Courant
VERNON — A former lieutenant with the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting with a 16-year-old girl in the department’s junior firefighter program.
Joseph Fragoso was sentenced to the maximum penalty he faced under a plea agreement with prosecutor Elizabeth C. Leaming. Fragoso had pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault earlier.
The Coventry Volunteer Fire Association’s former chief, Joseph Carilli, faces charges the he sexually assaulted another girl in the junior firefighter program.
The ex-fire chief had ongoing sexual contact with a teenage member of the South Coventry fire department’s junior firefighter program, whom he impregnated and who then had an abortion, according to arrest warrants for both men.
Carilli, who remains jailed, faces charges of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Both men admitted to police they had sex with the teens.
The teen Fragoso sexually assaulted was 16. But the law forbids people in positions of authority, such as teachers or coaches, to have a sexual relationship with their students or team members.
Upon his release from prison, Fragoso will have to register as a sex offender.