A registered sex offender was arrested this month, accused of abusing a young boy, and court papers say the suspect may have been paying off the child’s parents.
Court paperwork obtained by NBC Connecticut Investigates indicate that 42-year-old Paul Grimsley may have paid the boy’s parents as much as $120 per week to not notify East Hartford Police that he was sexually assaulting their son.
The investigation began in March when an anonymous source reported concerns about Grimsley to a social worker at the Department of Children and Families. According to that source, Grimsley told him that he had been sexually assaulting a boy and that the boy's mother and her partner were offering access to the child in exchange for $120.
According to court documents, when police interviewed the victim's mother she said she had confronted Grimsley after her son made an off-hand comments about Paul that concerned her. She said that Grimsley denied assaulting her son, but that she saw pornographic images of her son on his phone. She told investigators she took the phone and later downloaded images off of it, which she turned over to police as evidence.
Investigators said they found multiple pornographic images on Grimsley's cell phone, including images of the victim and other children that have not been identified.
Grimsley is on the state’s sex offender registry.
Grimsley is facing sexual assault and child pornography charges.
There is no word on whether the boy’s parents will face criminal charges.