A convicted sex offender is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Stratford after meeting the victim on Snapchat and police are warning parents to monitor their children’s social media accounts.
Police started investigating on Tuesday when they received a report of a preteen being sexually assaulted and determined that the child met the suspect through Snapchat.
The man created fake profiles on several social media applications and, using the fake profile, lured the preteen from a residence, according to police.
Authorities identified the suspect as 34-year-old Reginald Sharp, of Bridgeport, and said he is a convicted sex offender who is on the sex offender registry.
Police found Sharp late Tuesday night and he has been charged with sexual assault in the first degree, enticing a minor using a computer and risk of injury to a minor.
He is being held on a $2 million bond.
Authorities urge parents to closely monitor their children’s social media accounts on a regular basis.
Police ask anyone with additional information about Sharp to call the Stratford Police Department Detective Bureau at 203-381-2098 or can text 203-726-0275 24/7.