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Sex-abuse conviction upheld in Ansonia case

July 12, 2007

 Phil Helsel, Register Staff

-ANSONIA — Although Eugene Cromety alleged that the prosecutor violated his right to a fair trial, the state Appellate Court has upheld his conviction for raping a deaf girl, beginning when she was 12 years old.

Cromety, 38, is serving a 17-year prison sentence.

He was convicted by a jury in 2004 of sexually molesting and then raping a deaf girl in Ansonia years earlier, but claimed in his appeal that the prosecutor, former State’s Attorney Mary M. Galvin, used the girl’s deafness to inflame the emotions of the jury.

But in a unanimous decision released Wednesday, the Appellate Court ruled that none of Galvin’s comments at trial, such as her description of the victim as “powerless” and living in the “trapped, difficult world of a deaf child with no speech,” amounted to misconduct.

“Closing arguments often have a rough and tumble quality about them, [and] some leeway must be afforded to the advocates in offering arguments to the jury in final argument,” Judge Douglas S. Lavine, citing a previous opinion, wrote for the majority. “Something must be allowed for the zeal of counsel in the heat of argument.”

Cromety was accused of first sexually molesting the girl in 2001, when she was just 12 years old, and then raping her the next year. He was convicted of one count each of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury, and sentenced to 23 years in prison, suspended after he serves 17.

The girl came forward with allegations of the abuse in January of 2003 and testified at trial that Cromety raped her.

Then, two months after Cromety was convicted, the victim wrote the court and claimed that Galvin pressured her to lie on the stand, but the judge said he believed her earlier testimony in imposing sentence.

Galvin, who is now dean of the National College of District Attorneys at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., denied at the time doing anything to pressure the victim. She said Wednesday that the decision reaffirmed everything she knew all along.

“Really, what I wanted was to see justice done for a little girl who was severely abused,” Galvin said. “The jury had the chance to listen to her, and they accepted that this child was severely sexually abused.”

Cromety’s court-appointed attorney, Kirstin B. Coffin of Hartford, said that she will appeal the case to the state Supreme Court. While Coffin said it’s too early to tell exactly what her argument will be, she said that the issues raised in the appeal are significant.

“Obviously, her vulnerability was relevant,” Coffin said. “But it was the repeated references to it all throughout the trial. … It was all true, but it brought out a lot of the emotional aspects of the case.”

Cromety is serving his time at Cheshire Correctional Institution and will be released no later than Nov. 30, 2021.

©New Haven Register 2007

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  1. February 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    this is my dad your talking about and i dont like the fact that my father business is on the god damn internet so can u please leave this case the fuck alone bitch if u dont then i will kill you and haunt u down so bye

  2. karina
    April 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

    hey people wat goin on…

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