NORWICH – Two people with Norwich residences were brought to federal court Monday to answer to charges concerning the prostitution of a minor and the production of child pornography.
Linda O’Connor, 46, of Norwich, and Dean Sacco, 49, originally of Jersey City, N.J., were arrested Sunday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and charged with several child abuse and sex charges.
“They’re being charged with a number of different federal charges including buying and selling of a child, production of child pornography, traveling interstate to engage in sexual acts with a child, and also possession of child pornography,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Miro Lovric.
The female victim, who is now 14, told police that she was threatened if she refused to comply. The charges in the complaint allegedly took place between 2006 and 2007.
Sacco and O’Connor had their names first tied together by authorities Nov. 26 of 2006, following a complaint by the victim to the Department of Social Services that she was “very uncomfortable” around Sacco and found him “creepy.” Following the complaint, Family Court Judge W. Howard Sullivan issued an order to O’Connor to keep the victim away from Sacco.
However, on March 22, 2007, the Norwich Police Department arrested O’Connor for not obeying the order after receiving a second complaint from the girl that Sacco had raped her. O’Connor was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt.