WILTON — A Wilton man was charged over the weekend with sexual assault.

Joel Thompson, 42, of Weld Road in Wilton, was arrested Saturday on a charge of gross sexual assault, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000, after police arrived at the scene and investigated, said Wilton Police Chief Heidi Wilcox. Police got the call around 12:50 a.m. from Route 156, also known as Weld Road.

Thompson was also charged with aggravated assault, a Class B felony, over an allegation of strangulation, Wilcox said, and violating a condition of release, a Class E misdemeanor, as he was out on bail for a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence.

The alleged assault victim was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington by Northstar ambulance. Wilcox said she didn’t know the severity of the reported injuries.

Thompson was taken to Franklin County Jail, where he was still being held Monday on bail.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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