Florida man accused of repeatedly raping Conn. boy

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Florida flight attendant has been charged with raping a 10-year-old boy more than 100 times.

Rafael Padilla-Cruz of Fort Lauderdale surrendered to police in Bridgeport after being served with an extradition warrant in Florida.

The Connecticut Post reports that the 22-year-old Padilla-Cruz was charged with 156 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 156 counts of risk of injury to a minor.

His lawyer, Richard Meehan, said his client vehemently denies that he engaged in any inappropriate conduct with anyone.

Padilla-Cruz was released on $200,000 bond.

The arrest warrant says the boy, who is now 15, said Padilla-Cruz raped him almost daily between 2007 and 2008 while he was living with the boy's family in Bridgeport. The affidavit says Padilla-Cruz said something would happen to his mother if he complained.

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