Naugatuck police charge three men in separate sexual assault cases


By Citizen’s News

NAUGATUCK — Three separate sexual assault investigations culminated with the arrests of three men over two days this month.

The investigations are not related. Police said the timing of the arrests, which were all by warrant, was a coincidence.

Police charged Jean Pierre Vite, 28, of Stamford, Oct. 15 with first-degree sexual assault. The charge stems from a sexual assault reported in July. Police said Vite knew the female victim.

Police held Vite on a $500,000 bond, which was lowered to $150,000 after he appeared Oct. 15 in Waterbury Superior Court. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 28.

Brendon Hickey, 21, of Naugatuck, was charged Oct. 16 with two counts of risk of injury to child and two counts of second-degree sexual assault as part of an investigation that started in July 2019.

Police said the charges involved two separate incidents in which they say Hickey had sex with teenage girls, who were 13 and 14 years old at the time. Police held Hickey on bonds totaling $300,000. The bonds were lowered to $100,000 total after he appeared Oct. 19 in court, but he remained in custody, according to judicial records. He is set to appear in a court again Nov. 6.

Police charged Joshua Barr, 26, of Naugatuck, Oct. 16 with illegal sexual contact of a victim under the age of 16, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to child.

In May, police in Fitchburg, Mass., contacted Naugatuck police about a reported sexual abuse that occurred in Naugatuck last fall. Police say Barr knew the victim, who is less than 10 years old.

Police held Barr on a $100,000 bond, which was lowered to $75,000 after his arraignment Oct. 19. Barr posted bond and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 6.