West Hartford police have arrested a 20-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a teen he met on Craigslist, then convincing the teen to give him money and jewelry in exchange for his silence.
Police said Steven J. Turner, 20, of New Britain, had sexual contact with a 15-year-old he met through Craigslist. The teen posted the ad several weeks ago and Turner responded.
According to police, the two exchanged text messages before Turner went to the victim's house, where the sexual contact took place.
Police said Turner then blackmailed the teen into handing over cash and jewelry by threatening to disclose the relationship and post pictures of the victim online.
Turner was arrested May 1 when he showed up to meet the victim expecting more money, according to police.
He has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, impairing the morals of children, second-degree sexual assault and first-degree larceny by extortion.
He posted $20,000 and is due in court May 14, according to online court records.