State police report that at about 6:30 am on March 14, while prisoner Jason James Desanzo, 23, of Plainville was being escorted from the high-security Garner Correctional Institution to a prisoner transport van, Desanzo spat on the chest of a 25-year-old male correction officer.
Desanzo was in the process of being transported to Bristol Superior Court for an appearance there, state police said.
State police arrested Desanzo on charges of assault on public safety personnel and failure to submit to fingerprinting.
Desanzo was arraigned on those charges in Danbury Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and is scheduled to return to court on March 26.
Desanzo was being held on bail this week at Garner for his next court appearance.