Daily Blotter – Dec. 17

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Another Arrest in Child Sex Investigation

A second man accused in a child sex-assault investigation in Stafford headed to court Wednesday. Stephen Turkington, 60, of Moodus, faces several charges, including employing a minor in obscene material and risk of injury to a minor. His arrest is connected to the case against Craig Niles, who was arrested in November, police said. Niles confessed to having an ongoing sexual relationship with a child as well as sharing child porn online, police said.       

Priest Abuse Claims

A Florida man has filed suit against the Diocese of Bridgeport, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest in 1977. The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday, is the fourth lawsuit filed against the diocese connected to Rev. Lawrence Brett.  Stanley Boston's lawyer said his client was 13 when he was abused by Brett.  At the time, Brett was living and working in Baltimore, but was still a Bridgeport diocesan priest.  A lawyer who represents the diocese said the alleged assaults on Boston have nothing to do with either the church or the diocese.

Meat Company Embezzlement 

New Haven police are trying to find a suspect who they said embezzled more than $237,000 from a meat company. Police are asking for the public's help to find Philip Friend, 49, of Ridgefield. He is accused of larceny, forgery and embezzling the money from Standard Beef in New Haven. Friend worked at Standard Beef as a consultant, police said. He spoke with the New Haven Register Tuesday and said his attorney is handling everything. He had no further comment

Mistake Spells Trouble for Coin Crooks 

Three men have been charged with stealing nearly $5,000 from supermarkets by using coin changing machines. The trio took the money from supermarkets around the state over the past several months by using counterfeit Coinstar receipts, Plainville police said. A spelling error led to the arrests, police said. A clerk was tipped off when a receipt spelled the word "food" with three os. The cash was taken from stores in Manchester, East Hartford, Vernon, Ellington, Tolland and Berlin.

Student Arrested for Dance Bomb Threat

A 16-year-old student has been arrested, accused of bringing a homemade bomb to a dance at Seymour High School. The boy, whose name has not been released, was arrested Saturday night, just one day after the school was locked down following a bomb threat. Police said the teen and two other students went to the school and banged on the doors and windows, trying to get in. They found an explosive device along with some fireworks on him, police said. He is charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, manufacturing of a bomb, and possession of fireworks.

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