HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former executive of a Branford company has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Fifty-five-year-old Robert Meyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to report toxic discharges into the Branford River from the now-defunct Atlantic Wire Co.

Officials say Atlantic Wire's repeated discharges of toxic wastewater between 2005 and early 2008 killed hundreds of crabs.

Earlier this year, Atlantic Wire agreed to pay $1.5 million, and to spend nearly $900,000 to clean up its site.

Meyer is to be sentenced in October.