Police charge Bristol man with child molestation

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Richard P. O'Connell

Richard P. O’Connell

A Bristol man is being held without bail on several child molestation charges stemming from 1988.
Last Friday, police arrested Richard P. O’Connell, 56, of 51 Collins St., on four counts of first-degree child molestation, and three counts of second-degree child molestation.
Between Feb. 1 and July 1, 1988, and between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 1988, it is alleged that Mr. O’Connell molested a girl under the age of 14 on multiple occasions, said Amy Kempe, public information officer for the State Attorney General’s Office.
The charges are a result of a sealed grand jury indictment. A Superior Court bench warrant for his arrest was issued last Thursday.
A hearing bail is set for Dec. 27.