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Cornwall motel owner charged with sexual assault

CORNWALL — The owner of the Hitching Post Motel in Cornwall on Route 7 has been charged by the State Police with sexual assault in the third and fourth degree and unlawful restraint in the second degree.

Natverlal “Jack” Patel, 62, also owns the Royal Inn in Torrington.

The police arrest warrant, released on Wednesday, Nov. 17, describes several incidents that happened in mid September to a woman in her early 50s who was living at the Cornwall hotel temporarily.

She told police that after arriving at the hotel, she was molested several times by Patel, who groped and kissed her and at one point pushed her onto the bed and, she believes, would have raped her if she had not screamed.

Over the course of two days, the woman said Patel also transported her to his hotel in Torrington, and told her to clean nine of the rooms there. She believes that Patel also expected her to provide sex to customers in some of those rooms, promising her $100 per room (as opposed to the $5 she would be paid for cleaning the other rooms), according to the police report.

The State Police investigation showed that similar complaints had been filed against Patel in Torrington in 2013 and 2017. In each case, a woman had been offered a no-fee room in exchange for housekeeping.

Patel was also charged with burglary in the second degree.

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