A 30-year-old Navy petty officer stationed in Groton has become the target of a multistate investigation after he allegedly admitted to police with the Town of Groton that he had sexually assaulted multiple underage victims.
Court records show Randall J. Tilton, 30, is facing four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of of illegal sexual contact with a victim younger than 16. The New Hampshire native, who was living along Mumford Ave. in Groton on the Naval Submarine Base, has been in state custody at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution since his arrest in November.
According to court records, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut began a federal investigation late last year after Tilton allegedly revealed multiple offenses during an interrogation related to a complaint made by the mother of an alleged victim in October. Tilton is accused of using his cellphone to record the various interactions, according to police. Further details of the case remain sealed under court order.
The investigation led police to file three counts each of first-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a minor for incidents that had taken place in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Groton. He was later charged with a fourth count of each charge in December following further investigation, records show.
During the investigation, officials said Tilton also revealed to police that there may be "multiple victims" and court officials indicated such inappropriate interactions may have extended beyond state lines.
The U.S. Attorney's case remains active and officials declined further comment.
Tilton, who served as a Machinist's Mate 1st Class, remains on active duty pending the outcome of the investigation but is not currently serving at his post, as he remains in state custody in lieu of $900,000 in court-set bonds.
Public records show that Tilton completed training at the Navy Submarine School in Groton in 2008 and later served on the USS New Hampshire starting in February 2013. He returned to Groton in April 2016 when he was assigned to serve on the USS South Dakota.