A Sherman man is facing charges he offered a $100,000 bribe to a judge to influence a grand jury investigation of his wife's 1984 disappearance. Authorities say Dominic Badaracco Sr. surrendered Wednesday and was released on bail.
Mary Badaracco, who went missing in 1984, was declared legally dead in 1991. The 38-year old was a mother of two. Her daughter Beth Profeta says she is happy and still wants anyone to come forward who has information on this long unresolved case.
Profeta, who now lives in Torrington, is upset that Badaracco has been released from jail. She is afraid he is a flight risk.
State Police continue their investigation into the woman's disappearance after previously naming Badaracco and his son, Joseph, as suspects. They maintain their innocence.
An arrest warrant states Badaracco used the cell phone of his former business partner to offer the bribe to Judge Brunetti, a former Danbury prosecutor. The warrant also states Badaracco asked Brunetti if he could "help" him with the grand jury investigation, telling the judge, quote "I'm only gonna say this one time ... it's worth a hundred G's."