Man Sentenced 3 Years For Role In 14-Hour, 2 Town Gang Rape


A judge has ordered a 26-year-old Connecticut man to a three-year prison term for the role he played in the gang rape of a New Canaan woman that took place over a span of 14 hours and in two towns, police said.

Wilkens Placide of Norwalk was sentenced Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court. He pleaded pleaded guilty in March to third-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint.

Placide – along with 28-year-old Catragne Moresca and two 21-year-old’s identified as Cliff Cenelien and Carl Colas – are accused of raping the victim during a night of heavy drug use and partying. The incident reportedly began on July 30, 2007 and lasted for 14 hours in three different houses in two different towns.

Cenelian and Colas pleaded guilty last June and agreed to serve two years behind bars, followed by five years of probation. Moresca pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Each of the defendants claim the woman willingly exchanged sex for drugs. They claim the victim, who is currently in jail for setting her boyfriend up to be robbed, concocted the story because she was due to meet with her probation officer shortly after the party and wanted to escape punishment for using drugs.

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