Every day prosecutors present judges with a brief summary of a crime as the defendant plead guilty, but on Tuesday, a particularly disturbing picture was painted for the court.
Aaron Graser, 39, plead guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and violation of probation as the prosecutor described his crime with the words, "had sex with a woman who had expired." When Graser said "expired", several heads turned as others in the courtroom turned to listen more closely.
Graser was handed a sentence of one year in prison but was not placed on the state's sex offender registry after the judge decided "registration is not required for public safety based upon the facts in this case." The event started in January when Willimantic police received a 911 call for an unresponsive woman.
Officers responded to the scene to find heroin and needles in close proximity to the woman but could not revive her. The medical examiner later determined she was dead before anyone even called 911. The woman who expired was Graser's girlfriend.
The warrant for Graser's arrest read, "Aaron stated that he laid the victim down the bed and he rubbed her sternum. Aaron stated he listened to see if the victim was breathing and he heard gurgling. Aaron stated he knew the victim hated having sex with him so he figured that the victim might wake up if he had sex with her."
Upon being questioned further, Graser admitted to tying the dead woman up to the bedposts since it was a fetish of his. The medical examiner later said the gurgling was likely decomposition gases escaping his dead girlfriend's body. The autopsy determined her cause of death to be overdose from high levels of fentanyl and other opiates.
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