NEW CANAAN -- A town man who helped a woman carry her groceries Sunday afternoon was arrested after police say he groped her buttocks and breasts.
Tom Campbell, 50, of 190 Park St., was charged with third-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. During Campbell's arraignment Monday afternoon at state Superior Court in Norwalk, Judge Bruce Huddock ordered that Campbell be held on $50,000 bond.
Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said the incident began when Campbell offered to help the woman carry bags of groceries into her apartment just before 4:55 p.m.
The woman repeatedly told Campbell she did not need help, but Campbell insisted, Ogrinc said.
While in the apartment, the woman told police Campbell grabbed her breasts and buttocks and kissed her before leaving, Ogrinc said.
The woman called police and told them she was worried her husband would get into an altercation with Campbell, Ogrinc said.
When they arrived, police saw Campbell and the husband fighting, Ogrinc said. The men were ordered to stop and handcuffed. According to the warrant affidavit for Campbell's arrest, police shot the husband with a Taser in an attempt to get him off of Campbell.
Police said the Taser did not appear to work, but the woman's husband was startled by the sound of the weapon and thrust his hands in the air.
According to Campbell's affidavit, the woman told police she saw Campbell while shopping for groceries.
The woman told police Campbell inappropriately hugged and kissed her in the store.
As the woman was driving into her condo, she saw Campbell behind her, she told police. The woman told police that even after she turned down Campbell's offer to help four times, he walked into her condo with two bags of groceries.
Once inside, the woman told police Campbell made propositions to her, grabbed her buttocks and breasts and kissed her on the cheek, police said.
The woman told police Campbell told her "you know where I live" and walked out, police said. The woman's husband, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, was charged with breach of peace because of his altercation with Campbell, police said. He is due in state Superior Court in Norwalk Oct. 27.
Wearing a large bandage over his left temple at his arraignment Monday, Campbell was issued a full protective order and is not allowed to contact the woman.
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