Evidentiary hearing next week for Shelton firefighter accused of sex assault

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Suspended Shelton firefighter John Scollin arrives at Superior Court, in Derby, Conn. June 9, 2022.

Suspended Shelton firefighter John Scollin arrives at Superior Court, in Derby, Conn. June 9, 2022.

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MILFORD — A Shelton firefighter accused of sexually assaulting a woman with a Trumbull cop is due back in court next week.

John Scollin, 34, appeared briefly in Superior Court Thursday before Judge Peter Brown, who continued the case to an evidentiary hearing scheduled for next Thursday.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Marc Durso told the judge he handed over discovery evidence and discussed the case briefly with Scollin’s lawyer, Christian Young, who declined to comment after Thursday’s appearance.

Scollin has not yet formally entered a plea in the case. He was charged with first-degree sexual assault June 9 after police obtained an arrest warrant in connection with a September 2020 incident involving Scollin, Trumbull police Sgt. Matthew Perkowski, and a Shelton woman.

Perkowski, also a volunteer Shelton firefighter, was arrested a day before Scollin. He pleaded not guilty last week and his lawyer said he intends to take the case to trial.

The arrests came more than a year after the incident became public knowledge in a Hearst Connecticut Media report on the initial investigation, which concluded the pair could not be charged because the alleged victim told police she didn’t want to pursue the case.

Young has filed a notice of intent to sue the city of Shelton on Scollin’s behalf, saying the police should not have released an initial report in response to Hearst Connecticut’s Freedom of Information request.

Arrest warrants for Perkowski and Scollin stated that last March, the warrants said the woman called Detective Richard Bango, the investigating officer, “extremely upset and crying” because Scollin had told her about the newspaper article.

On June 1, 2021, according to the warrant, Bango “met with supervisors at the Shelton Police Department and it was determined that the allegations fall within family violence laws.”

Prosecutors and police have declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation.

Shelton Police Chief Shawn Sequeira said earlier this month that the arrests were aboveboard.

“Both arrests were within the statute of limitations and reviewed by a state’s attorney and judge who both determined probable cause existed for the arrests,” Sequeira said. “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we will respect the judicial process.”

According to the arrest warrant, the assault was allegedly initiated by Scollin after calling and texting her about 1 a.m. Sept. 6, 2020, drunkenly demanding to have sex, then showing up at her house, where he was “very intoxicated” and “aggressive.”

The woman said Scollin had her drive to the Echo Hose firehouse, where she said Scollin assaulted her in her car outside the building.

Eventually, the woman told police, she and Scollin went to Perkowski’s Shelton home, where she said both men physically and sexually assaulted her.

Both men were released following their arrests after posting bonds of $150,000.