26 April 2010

Man Accused Of Placing Fake Sex Ad Gets New Charge

Hartford Courant

A man accused of placing a fake online ad inviting strangers to a neighbor's house for group sex has been charged with another crime.

Philip Conran, 42, is now charged with risk of injury to a minor, because prosecutors say people could have shown up for sex when children were home.

The new charge was announced at Conran's arraignment in Superior Court Thursday. Conran turned himself in April 9 on more than a half-dozen charges including second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree harassment, criminal liability for second-degree burglary and criminal liability for fourth-degree sexual assault.

 According to police, Conran posted an ad under Craigslist's "casual encounters section" on the morning of April 5 stating that a "40 married West Hartford soccer mom" was "looking for group sex." The ad gave a neighbor's address.

One of the unwelcome visitors went to the wrong house and later returned, touching the buttocks of a female resident, police said. That man, Richard Zeh, 29, of Newington, was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree sexual assault, first-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Both men have posted bail. Conran's next court date is June 10; Zeh's is May 7.

Conran's defense lawyer, Michael Georgetti, said no children were in the house when strangers arrived. Georgetti wouldn't comment on motive.

People familiar with the case say Conran placed the ad because he was involved in an ongoing dispute with the targeted family.

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