A 63-year-old man, Roger Barriault, faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child for allegedly raping a young girl in foster care over 4,000 times throughout 11 years, resulting in her pregnancy as a teenager.
According to Barriault’s arrest on January 26, with a subsequent $200,000 bond posting, is detailed in court records. The victim and Barriault reportedly crossed paths in 2004 when she was under the care of another foster family. Allegedly, the assaults began shortly thereafter, escalating when she came under Barriault’s care, occurring daily, according to the arrest warrant cited by Connecticut Insider.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families clarified that Barriault and his wife were not foster parents, and the victim was not placed in their care by the department. Instead, the family obtained guardianship of the victim through the Probate Court when she was a child.
According to NBC Connecticut notes that the assaults persisted until 2015 when the victim was 20 years old, and she became pregnant at the age of 13. Barriault had a prior arrest in 2007 for alleged sexual misconduct, but the charges were dropped. The victim temporarily moved out, but upon the case’s dismissal, she returned and was allegedly assaulted again.
The victim’s attorney, Nate Baber, expressed concern about the lack of oversight and supervision, stating, “She fell through the cracks. The lack of oversight and awareness… begs a complete investigation by DCF and anyone involved in it as to how this could have happened.”
DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes asserted that the department did not place the child in Barriault’s home, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation into the disturbing allegations.