UConn researcher convicted of sexual assault

Marcus Giotto, a 51-year-old University of Connecticut employee, has been convicted for sexually assaulting a 24-year-old developmentally disabled woman.

Giotto was the manager of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory at UConn since 2008. He also is listed as a doctor, had a radio broadcast on UConn’s WHUS station and was an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts where he taught earth science and chemistry.

University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told the Daily Campus that Giotto submitted his resignation on Feb. 20. Before this, he was on paid administrative leave. While at UConn, his annual salary was $79,274. He was originally hired as a postdoctoral student in 2006, and was named lab manager in 2008.

Giotto could spend up to 10 years in prison for his crime, and he must register as a sex offender. He was convicted in Massachusetts. His specific conviction was meted out on Feb. 6, and it consisted of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability. The initial charges were of four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and one count of open and gross lewdness.

The woman and Giotto knew each other, but the nature of their relationship was not specified.

Giotto has been put on house arrest and is being monitored with GPS until his official sentencing date on Mar. 2.

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