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POSTED: 11:01 am EDT July 28, 2008
UPDATED: 3:19 pm EDT July 28, 2008

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The president of a Connecticut pool company entered no pleas during his arraignment Monday on criminal charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy. His case was continued to Aug. 12.

Zachary Cohn drowned in his family's pool in Greenwich last July after his arm got stuck in a powerful pump drain in the pool at his home. Prosecutors said David Lionetti, 51, the president of Shoreline Pools, did not install certain safety devices required by code.
In the days just before Cohn drowned, Shoreline Pools repaired a drain's safety cover but the device had broken free.

According to the arrest warrant, Lionetti was notified that his company would need to install a safety vacuum release system in every pool constructed after September 2004. Shoreline Pools did not install one when they built the Cohn's pool or at any other pool they built in Greenwich before the tragedy. Lionetti was charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Lionetti's lawyer has said his client didn't know about the safety law that took effect in 2004, and there has been confusion about the law.

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