- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been charged with sexual assault.

Victor Diaz was arrested Tuesday on accusations of sexual assault involving a victim younger than 16.

The arrest of the former high-level state employee drew a statement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who said the allegations are “reprehensible.”

The 36-year-old Diaz was charged with 13 crimes, including sexual assault, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and employing a minor in an obscene performance. He was held on $750,000 bond after appearing in Waterbury Superior Court.

Diaz’s lawyer, Martin Minnella, said he should be released without bond and instead be fitted with a GPS device to track his movements.

Diaz, a Waterbury Democrat and deputy city clerk, resigned his DMV job Sept. 9.

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