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Sex Offender Charged with Raping Child

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North Branford Police have charged a registered sex offender with sexually assaulting a 1-year-old child.

Officers began an investigation Thursday after the child was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with an injury to the pelvic region. The Department of Children and Families contacted police after the hospital visit.

North Branford Police arrested Joseph Lane, 33, of Higganum on Sunday.

Lane is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 2002. He was released from prison in 2006, according to the registry.

Lane is facing new charges of first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and two counts of violation of probation. He was held on $550,000 bond and was expected to be arraigned on Monday.



Photo Credit: North Branford Police

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