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Police: Clinton Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Child

The 67-year-old man also had previous convictions in the 1970's and 80's for the "same type activity" — but was not on the sex offender registry because the previous assaults were prior to the registry statute, police said.

William Motta Sr, of Glenwood Road in Clinton, was arrested March 10 and charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor. Credit: Clinton Police
William Motta Sr, of Glenwood Road in Clinton, was arrested March 10 and charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor. Credit: Clinton Police
A Clinton man was taken into custody early Monday morning after a four-month investigation found he had sexually assaulted a local child at his home, police said.

William Motta Sr, of Glenwood Road in Clinton, was arrested March 10 and charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor. 

Four-Month Investigation

According to Clinton Police Chief Todd J. Lawrie, Motta was arrested by warrant after a four-month investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a child.

Lawrie reports that Motta had previous convictions "in the 1970's and 80's for the same type activity."

"The child was an acquaintance of Motta and the assault occurred at Motta's residence," Lawrie stated in a press release. 

He added that parents of the child were not aware of Motta's previous convictions.

"Motta is not on the sex offender registry because the previous assault(s) were prior to sex offender registry statute," Lawrie stated.

Held On Bond

Following his arrest Monday morning, Motta was transported to the Clinton Police Department where he was processed and held on a $500,000 court set bond. 

He was scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court the same day.
Silas D Goode March 11, 2014 at 08:00 PM
And this monster has a wife who knows exactly what he is, and has stayed with him for 35+ years, sending her own kid to live with relatives instead of leaving the fiend. She has protected and hidden this monster's criminal past from everyone, even when applying for public housing and federal assistance at Glenhaven. She knew, and still left the child alone with this pedophile. Hope you're proud of yourself, Lillian. If there is justice in the world, you will live to see your own child molested. Oh wait, maybe you already have. God save the little children, because the people they are supposed to be able to trust are sometimes the biggest threat.
Patti Atwater March 12, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Such a travesty and a cover-up by family and friends! To put a child knowingly in harms way and on top of it getting federal assistance! Shame on all the parties involved!
Jim Braun March 12, 2014 at 09:43 PM
I stand corrected. If what goode wrote is true then the enabler is in many ways even worse. I hope thsy share a lava pool in hell.
Craig R March 13, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Unfortunately Janet Reynolds, these pedophiles are sick and can not be cured. If it wasn't this child it would be some other and probably has been. Just wait, there will be more victims discovered because this monster has not been silent for years-he just hasn't been caught. And his wife, while I feel some empathy for her because she loves a pedophile, should be charged as well if she knew and didn't say anything.
Sea Lady March 19, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Scum!!! That poor child....

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