The girl told investigators she was watching a movie with her mother’s boyfriend and her little sister in their Shelton home when the boyfriend asked her sister to go downstairs.
Then he got up and locked the door. The girl, 12 at the time, asked her mom’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Adam Besaw, what he was doing.
“Relax and let it happen,” the girl said he told her as he began to touch her, despite her protests. “Just trust me.”
The girl said she was too scared to put up a fight. Besaw continued to touch and kiss her. He told her he loved her as he continued to molest her.
About six months after that encounter, the girl told investigators, she and Besaw would have sex. In return, he plied her with gifts and money. The relationship continued until she was 14.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Besaw pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor before Judge Peter Brown. Under the Alford doctrine, a defendant doesn’t agree with all of the prosecution’s accusations but concedes that a conviction is likely if the case went to trial.
A plea deal calls for Besaw to receive a 10-year prison sentence to be suspended after he serves 9 months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation.
Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko said in court Thursday that after Besaw’s initial arrest by Shelton police in June 2017, other victims came forward with “similar” complaints against Besaw — two out of state and one in Connecticut.
The prosecutor did not detail the specific allegations brought in the other jurisdictions, but said charges were not pursued against Besaw in light of his guilty plea Thursday.
“The defendant has a habit of choosing victims who are easy targets and don’t make for good witnesses,” Bepko said. “The state is thankful to say the least that there is a conviction here. The defendant will now have to register as a sex offender and have a sex (assault) conviction. Hopefully all of the victims who have not found remedy in criminal court can rest a little bit easier.”
Besaw, who was released after posting $250,000 bond in the case, is scheduled to return to court May 30 for sentencing.