A Norwalk man who pleaded guilty to groping a 10-year-old girl received a suspended sentence last Thursday and must spend the next 10 years on the state's sex offender registry.
In return for pleading guilty, prosecutors all but dropped a felony risk of injury to a child charge and Roque was given three years probation and paid a $351 fine, court records show. Roque's attorney, Michael Skiber, declined comment after Roque's sentencing.
Roque, who has worked at various gas stations and car washes in Norwalk, came under police investigation in August 2010 after the girl's grandmother called police to report that Roque had molested her granddaughter.
The girl said that during the day of Aug. 13, she was visiting her aunt's home in Norwalk and Roque was there. The girl came out of the bathroom and Roque -- a member of the girl's extended family -- put his had between her legs over her pants, his arrest warrant said. He then kissed her on the lips.
Police said a short while later, while walking to the store, Roque told the girl that he loved her.
According to Roque's arrest warrant affidavit, the girl told police Roque then held his hand out, palm up, and asked the girl if she liked to be touched like that.