Edward Valentin, a 43 year old man, was arrested after allegedly concocting a story about his soldier wife's death earlier this month.  He was arraigned yesterday on charges of sexually assaulting a minor.  He was arraigned on charges including first degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.  He was being held on $150,000 bond pending a March 17 court appearance.  The alleged incident happened in February 2003, when the 14 year old girl was staying with her mother at the Valentin house.  Valentin was arrested February 15 after police said he falsely told reporters the Defense Department had called saying his wife died in an explosion in Iraq.

(Waterbury, Connecticut)