Mailman gets probation in sex assault

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Over the tearful objections of his victim, a local mailman, accused of sexually assaulting a woman on his route, was granted a special form of probation on Wednesday.

“No woman should go through what I went through,” the 57-year-old woman cried as she urged Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to deny the motion for accelerated rehabilitation for David Prater.

But the judge, while appearing sympathetic to the woman, nevertheless said the pre-trial program was appropriate in the case.

Under accelerated rehabilitation, Prater, a U.S. Post Office employee, did not plead guilty to the charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct against him. Instead, the judge placed him on two years’ probation. If he commits no other crimes during that probation, the charges against him will be dismissed.

As a condition of the probation, the judge ordered the 62-year-old Prater to undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment and to stay away from the victim.

On Jan. 9, the victim complained to police that she had been sexually assaulted by her letter carrier who she said looks like “Santa Claus,” according to Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina.

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