Jury acquits Connecticut man of child rape charges

The News Leader

April 30, 2010 5:28:56 AM PDT
A Connecticut jury has found a New Haven man not guilty of allegations he raped a 9-year-old boy, whose taped testimony included several inconsistencies. Forty-five-year-old Daniel Velez walked out of Milford Superior Court a free man Thursday and declined to comment. The jury deliberated for about two hours.

Velez was found not guilty of one count each of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. But authorities accused him of repeatedly raping the West Haven boy over a six-month period in late 2006 and early 2007.

The boy, now 13, said during his taped testimony that he was raped twice, but said later that it was five times. He later said he was assaulted twice a day.

But prosecutors say the boy gave very specific details of the alleged sex acts.