Date: Fri 07-May-1999
"Nocturnal Intruder" Sentencing Delayed
BY ANDREW GOROSKO
The Riverside man who was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Danbury
Superior Court for a series of night-time Riverside burglaries with child
victims did not appear in court because he was a patient at the Danbury
Hospital psychiatric ward.
Defendant Kennith Northrop, 28, of 86 Alpine Drive, last winter accepted a
plea bargain agreement with the state which would send him to prison for
crimes committed in Riverside during the past two summers in the "nocturnal
intruder" case. Northrop entered homes late at night.
Northrop has pleaded "no contest," which results in a finding of "guilty," to
second-degree burglary for an August 5, 1997 incident; second-degree burglary
and fourth-degree sexual assault for a June 29, 1997 incident; and
third-degree criminal trespassing and breach of the peace for a June 23, 1998
The state is recommending a prison sentence of 15 years, suspended after three
years, plus five years probation. Mr Northrop's probation would require that
he stay away from his victims, be tested for AIDS, undergo sex offender
treatment and be registered as a sex offender.
Judge Patrick Carroll continued Mr Northrop's case until next Wednesday. "His
appearance is not excused at the next court date," Judge Carroll said.
Attorney Dennis McDonough, who represents Mr Northrop, acknowledged Mr
Northrop was in the Danbury Hospital psychiatric ward.
Mr McDonough said Judge Carroll will have the option of sentencing Northrop to
serve his sentence in prison or in Whiting Forensic Institution, if the judge
considers Whiting a better setting for Mr Northrup. Whiting is a hospital for
mentally ill offenders in Middletown.
The victims of the crimes will be able to offer comments to the judge at the
sentencing, if they choose.
The illegal night-time entries occurred in the area of Underhill Road,
Bankside Trail and Dock Drive. No physical injuries resulted from the
incidents, police have said.
In the break-ins, Mr Northrop would secretly enter homes and properties late
at night carrying vegetable oil with the intent of massaging young children.
The presence of vegetable oil at the crime scenes was the common link which
police used to connect Mr Northrop to the crimes.
The police investigation into the intrusions crystallized last summer, when on
June 23, 1998, at 2:52 am, police responded to a Dock Drive residence after
the homeowner informed them someone had entered a tent in the backyard where
children were camping out. The homeowner confronted and detained the intruder
who was later identified as Mr Northrop.