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Ex-Deputy DMV Commissioner Accused of Sexual Assault

Waterbury Police Department

A former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been charged with sexual assault. Victor Diaz was arrested Tuesday on accusations of sexual assault involving a victim younger than 16.

The arrest of the former high-level state employee drew a statement from Governor Dannel Malloy, who said the allegations are "reprehensible."

The 36-year-old Diaz was charged with 13 crimes, including sexual assault, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor, and employing a minor in an obscene performance. He was held on $750,000 bond after appearing in Waterbury Superior Court.

Diaz's lawyer, Martin Minnella, said he should be released without bond and instead be fitted with a GPS device to track his movements.

Diaz, a Waterbury Democrat and deputy city clerk, resigned his DMV job on September 9.

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