FAIRFIELD — A man who faces a possible life sentence in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls has been ordered to stand trial on three felony charges.
Duane C. Hyde, 48, was already awaiting trial for a fourth felony charge when his probable cause hearing got underway Tuesday morning.
One of Hyde’s accusers, an 11-year-old girl, told authorities in January that Hyde, a friend of her parents, sexually assaulted her three times one night when she was in either kindergarten or the first grade when she was living at a home on Meadowlark Drive. He also is suspected of sexually assaulting her again when she was seven years old, according to police testimony at the hearing.
The girl told family members about the assaults after a friend of hers told her parents that Hyde had sexually assaulted her.
Hyde, who had been out on bail and awaiting sentencing for stealing construction equipment from an Auto Mall Parkway business in 2011 at the time of his arrest, was ordered to return to court July 1 to be arraigned on sexual assault charges.
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