A soldier is being held on $250,000 after appearing in court in Middletown on Monday, accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in an Old Saybrook motel.
According to court documents, Sgt. Sean Patrick Murphy, 41, of Kansas, spoke to the daughter of one of his friends through Facebook instant messaging.
While was on leave from his assignment at Fort Riley, in Kansas in August, Murphy picked the girl up at her father's house and took her to a motel in Old Saybrook, according to court documents.
"The victim feared something more than she wanted was going to happen at the hotel and she felt ill," court documents state.
The girl's mother discovered what happened after finding a note her daughter wrote in which she expressed concerns that she might be pregnant. Murphy had told her not to say he was the father or he'd go to prison, the girl told police.
Murphy was represented by a public defender and was ordered to have no contact with the juvenile.
Old Saybrook police flew to Kansas last week, arrested Murphy and brought him back to Connecticut this weekend.
Murphy was arrested as a fugitive from justice, turned over to Old Saybrook Police Detectives and waived extradition.
Murphy, who has no prior offenses, is due in court on Nov. 22.
Dr. Jason Lang, a child psychologist from University of Connecticut, said parents should be aware of their children's internet activity and be concerned if they spend more than two hours a day online.
"For 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds, parents really need to be especially involved at that point, sitting down with their child, talking to them about safety online, helping them set privacy settings on Facebook," Dr. Lang said.