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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20152 - State v. Roy D. L. (Sexual assault in the first degree; Sexual assault in the fourth degree; RIsk of injury to a minor; Whether forensic interview of victim properly admitted under medical treatment exception to hearsay rule; Whether prosecutor engaged in impropriety during closing argument; Whether evidence sufficient to support convictions; Whether first degree sexual assault and risk of injury statutes are unconstitutionally vague as applied; "Following a trial to the court, Gold, J., the defendant, Roy D. L., was convicted of sexual assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-70 (a) (2), sexual assault in the fourth degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-73a (a) (1) (A), and risk of injury to a child in violation of General Statutes § 53-21 (a) for the sexual abuse of his daughter, R. On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the trial court abused its discretion in admitting into evidence a video recording of R's forensic interview under the medical treatment exception to the hearsay rule, (2) the prosecutor improperly introduced facts not in evidence and commented on the credibility of a witness during closing argument, thereby depriving him of a fair trial, (3) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his convictions, and (4) the statutes criminalizing sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child are unconstitutionally vague as applied to his conduct. We disagree with each of the defendant's claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")