Janitor sexually assaulted women at Conn. rehab center, police say


A man charged with sexually assaulting three women at a Connecticut drug rehabilitation center where he worked as a janitor told investigators he had a lust problem and succumbed to temptation, say police. Rafael Cartagena, 40, of Bridgeport, was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police said the assaults were reported in June by workers at the New Prospects Program center, which treats people with drug addiction and psychiatric disorders. A judge signed a warrant accusing Cartagena of sexually assaulting three clients at the facility. Cartagena is detained on $450,000 bail and is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 9. His lawyer did not respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of