Former CT Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault

The former pastor of a congregational church in Bethany was arrested on sexual assault charges Sunday, state police said.

Stephen J. Wasko, 54, faces two counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He is free on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Haven on Sept. 7.

Wasko is no longer pastor at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Bethany, according to a statement by the United Church of Christ in Connecticut.