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

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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.

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