Stamford Judge Dismisses Norwalk Man's Rape Charges

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Rape charges from 1988 against a Norwalk man were dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.
Rape charges from 1988 against a Norwalk man were dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Norwalk Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford judge has dismissed rape charges against a Norwalk man because the statute of limitations had expired, according to ctpost.com. 

Norwalk police arrested Osvaldo Muniz, 66, in December after DNA evidence linked him to a sexual assault incident in 1988

The charges were ultimately dropped because the statute of limitations on the alleged crime ran out in 1993, ctpost.com reported. 

Muniz was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl in August 1988. Muniz was never identified at the time of the incident, and suitable DNA analysis was not available. 

The Connecticut Forensic Laboratory in Meriden reanalyzed the DNA data in October 2013 and received a hit on Muniz. A confirmatory DNA sample was taken from the suspect, and he was arrested in December. 

The kidnapping charge against Muniz, however, was allowed to stand since there was no statute of limitations in effect, ctpost.com said. 

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The norwalk police department is a complete and total failure

Yes ceo I agree the NPD has failed the community for many years

This is sure to be another lawsuit the taxpayers of Norwalk will need to pay due to the incompetent Norwalk police department.

Tell us in your own words how they are, and how they can be improved.

Just updated the site

Norwalk PD had nothing to do with this. Perhaps someone has been arrested too many times and dislikes them. They have helped me out more than they need to and are always friendly.

The NORWALK PD had everything to do with this error..
From the article
"Norwalk police arrested Osvaldo Muniz, 66"
"the statute of limitations on the alleged crime ran out in 1993"
As in 21 years ago.
A police department that was not incompetent
would have known the law.

Yeah they set the statute of limitations. Reading the lunacy some people post here makes it clear why CT is going down the tubes as it is. There should be an intelligence test before people can vote.

Kenny
You are wrong
The Norwalk police department should have known that the statute of limitations ran out. Hopefully you will think before you post and make a fool of yourself.

Yet another screw up from the Norwalk police department.