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Ex-DMV Deputy Commissioner Charged With Sexually Assaulting Minor, Held On $750,000 Bond
A state deputy motor vehicles commissioner, who resigned suddenly from his $115,000-a-year position on Sept. 9 for "personal reasons," was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual assault involving a victim under age 16, Waterbury police said.
Victor M. Diaz, 36, was held on $750,000 bond after being presented in Waterbury Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, and is due to return to court on Oct. 7.
He was charged with: one count of 1st-degree sexual assault, four counts of 4th degree sexual assault, one count of attempted 1st-degree sexual assault; one count of 2nd-degree unlawful restraint; two counts of 2nd-degree sexual assault; one count of attempted 2nd-degree sexual assault; two counts of risk of injury to a minor; and one count of employing a minor in an obscene performance.
Waterbury police said that the arrest warrant was sealed and details of the allegations were unavailable.
@bungeecord Malloy personally anointed him as the second in command of one of the most powerful agencies in the state and now Malloy is running and hiding from it after he heralded this guy as the second coming of Christ for the DMV. can't wait to leave CT at 11:17 PM September 24, 2014
"These allegations are extremely disturbing," DMV Commissioner Melody Currey said in a statement. "If proven to be true, this is intolerable conduct. I accepted his resignation two weeks ago and this now remains a personal matter for Mr. Diaz."
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a statement of his own later, saying: "These allegations are reprehensible. As an advocate against sexual assault and someone whose wife spent years working to help survivors and victims of sexual assault, combating an issue like this is very important to our family. Conduct like the alleged should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Diaz, a Waterbury Democrat, was active in the 2010 Connecticut gubernatorial campaign.
Currey named him as DMV deputy commissioner effective Feb. 1, 2011. Malloy said at the time that Diaz would "help make the DMV a more consumer-oriented agency, finding ways to increase efficiency and quality, while using the Internet to change the way in which people traditionally interact with the department."
Diaz had served as deputy city clerk in Waterbury from 2005 until he was appointed to the DMV post. He also was listed as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
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