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"Your conduct is the worst I have ever seen. I've seen drug dealers, murderers. What you did is indescribable," - U.S. District Judge alan Nevas told the former Republican mayor Giorgano.

 
Ex-Republican Mayor in Connecticut Is Sentenced to 37 Years for Sex Abuse  June 14, 2003 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Former Republican Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano, convicted of sexually abusing two preteen girls inside City Hall and other locations, was sentenced Friday to 37 years in federal prison. Giordano was convicted in March of violating the civil rights of the two girls by forcing them to have oral sex with him in City Hall, his law office, home, and elsewhere. The girls were ages 8 and 10 at the time. He also was convicted of conspiring with a prostitute who is the mother of one girl and aunt of the other, and with using an interstate device, a cell phone, to arrange the liaisons. ``Your conduct is the worst I have ever seen. I've seen drug dealers, murderers. What you did is indescribable,'' U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas told the former Republican mayor in announcing the sentence. ``You, sir, are a sexual predator.'' Giordano did not speak during the sentencing hearing. He could have faced a life sentence under federal guidelines, but the judge chose a lesser sentence based on Giordano's cooperation in a federal investigation of political corruption in Waterbury. Giordano still faces state charges on the allegations. nytimes.com

Jones Sentenced In Giordano Case October 17, 2003 By LYNNE TUOHY The Hartford Courant BRIDGEPORT -- Guitana "GiGi" Jones was sentenced this morning to 10 years in prison for allowing former Waterbury Mayor Philip A. Giordano to force himself sexually on her grammar school-aged daughter and niece. U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas lauded Jones' cooperation in the case against Giordano, who was convicted in March. But, Nevas said, what Jones had done as a mother was unspeakable. Jones will receive 15 percent credit for good behavior and credit for about 27 months already served, so is likely to be out of prison in about six years. A convicted prostitute who was sexually involved with Giordano for nearly a decade and is the mother of one of his children, Jones often turned to the former mayor for legal help, usually after prostitution arrests. In lieu of a fee, she paid Giordano in sexual favors. During the summer of 1999, Giordano asked her to help him procure younger girls. In November 2000, Giordano telephoned Jones and said he wanted to have sex with the two young victims in the case, who were 8 and 10 at the time. Jones was addicted to crack cocaine and needed the $40 to $60 Giordano paid her on each of the 15 occasions she delivered the children to him between November 2000 and his arrest in July 2001. This past June, Nevas sentenced Giordano to 37 years in prison. At the time Nevas said that, in his 18 years on the bench, Giordano's case was the worst he'd seen. Jones, who testified for the government during Giordano's two-week trial in March, had pleaded guilty to federal charges that carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. ctnow.com

Federal Child Sex Charges Against Republican Mayor Giordano November 23, 2001 Two girls, ages 8 and 10, involved in federal child sex charges against Republican Mayor Giordano August 17, 2001, Shocking details have emerged about Republican Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano's alleged child sex dalliances including allegations that he used his private law office as a sex den. A 17-year-old girl has told investigators that Giordano, a married father of three, and a Republican paid her to have sex with him and to watch him have sex with her aunt, The Hartford Courant reported yesterday. The newspaper cited a report by the state Department of Children and Families and sources it did not identify.The girl said Giordano paid her to have sex in his private law office, sometime after her 16th birthday, the newspaper reported. "He did ask me to do sexual stuff, but I didn't do it," the girl told WFSB-TV. Giordano's attorney Andrew Bowman did not return calls for comment yesterday.The teenager is the cousin of two girls, ages 9 and 10, involved in federal child sex charges against Republican Mayor Giordano, according to The Courant. Giordano was charged on July 26 with using an "interstate facility" a phone or a computer to entice a minor into sexual acts. He is being held without bail.  nydailynews.com

Republican Mayor of Waterbuyy, Conn., Hit With Teen Sex Rap By Feds July 27,2001 By Jonathan LeMire and Dave Goldener Mayor Philip Giordano, a three-term Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate in a bid to unseat Democrat Sen. Joseph Lieberman last fall, was accused of using an "interstate facility" to entice a minor to have sex and conspiracy to commit that act. "The conduct in which Republican Mayor Giordano is charged today is disgraceful," FBI Special Agent Michael Wolf said of the charges, which involve a 16-year-old. Wolf said there are other victims, but the charges involve only one. Officials refused to release any other details, including the gender of the victim or how Giordano, a Republican and 38-year-old married father of three, met the minor. However, The Hartford Courant, citing unidentified sources, said the alleged sexual misconduct involved two girls, 9 and 11 years old. The Internal Revenue Service and state prosecutors are also involved in the probe. Investigators would not define interstate facility or say why the IRS was involved, but they were seen searching Giordano's office yesterday and interviewing City Hall employees. To be a federal offense, the crime must be committed across state lines by such methods as travel, the Internet, the telephone or mail. If convicted, Republican Mayor Giordano faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Republican Gov. John Rowland called for the mayor to resign immediately. "Stepping down is the right thing to do for the city and his family," he said. Corruption and fiscal woes have long been a fact of life in Waterbury, a rundown city of 100,000 that was once a major manufacturing center. But people who live in Waterbury were shocked their city was being tarred with a child-sex scandal. "Honestly, when I first heard, I thought it would be something like ... corruption or graft charges," said John McCarthy, 43, who owns the Shortree Diner. "But not this." Retired cop Francis O'Brien, 48, didn't mince words about Giordano, who toppled the city's once-powerful Democratic machine to win City Hall. "If it's true, it's a very, very sad thing," said O'Brien. "Hang him, I say." nydailynews.com

Republican Mayor arrested on sexually related charges involving child
July 26, 2001 WATERBURY, Connecticut (CNN) -- Philip Giordano, the Republican mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, was arrested Thursday morning on two federal charges dealing with "sexual activity" involving a child, the FBI said. Special agent Lisa Bull said the mayor was arrested on two offenses: the use of an interstate facility to entice a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity, and conspiracy to carry out that offense. He appeared before a federal judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut, who granted the government's motion to detain Giordano and deny bail. The mayor, a lawyer and former Marine, was arrested by FBI and IRS agents. Their investigation was assisted by the state Department of Children and Families. Bull had no further details on the arrest. The investigation continues, she said. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Giordano, 38, was the Republican challenger against U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman last year, who ran for re-election to the Senate while he was also vice presidential contender on the Democratic ticket cnn.com

 

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