Former youth group adviser applies for AR

The New Canaan church group leader, Morgan V. Frawley, 25, of Fairfield, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy, applied for accelerated rehabilitation in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Stamford-based attorney Mark Sherman confirmed on Tuesday.

Sherman, who is the minor’s defense attorney, told the Advertiser that his client has not yet taken a position on that application. Sherman said he expects they will take a position on Thursday, Jan. 23, during Frawley’s next appearance in court.

AR, if successfully completed, allows first-time offenders to be dismissed of criminal charges after a probationary period and allows them to avoid normal legal penalties, such as criminal fines and prison sentences.

Last month, Norwalk Judge William Wenzel issued an order of protection prohibiting Frawley from contacting the 15-year-old, whether by phone, email or any other means. Frawley must stay at least 100 yards away from the boy at all times while the order is in effect and she cannot contact him.

Frawley turned herself in to New Canaan police on Oct. 25 after police said that the 25-year-old Fairfield woman engaged in “an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a 15-year-old boy while she was a part-time youth group adviser at the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Frawley was charged with risk of injury to a minor. She surrendered to New Canaan Police after being informed there was a warrant for her arrest, according to police.

The Department of Children and Families contacted New Canaan Police on April 23 after reports that Frawley was involved in a relationship with the teen. The initial call to DCF came from former Congregational Church senior minister the Rev. Harold “Skip” Masback, who as a clergyman is a mandated reporter by the state.

Mandated reporters include clergy, police officers, nurses, teachers, social workers, etc., and are required by law to report any suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Masback reported the incident after the teen’s family approached him with concerns, Interim Senior Minister the Rev. Dr. Anne W. Coffman said.

Investigation into the allegation determined Frawley and the youth were in a sexual relationship, according to New Canaan Police. Through a search warrant, police seized Frawley’s computer and cell phone records, which they said contained inappropriate photos, emails and messages between the two. Though their relationship was consensual, the age of consent in Connecticut is 16.

According to New Canaan Police, Frawley was also a long-term substitute teacher for the Fairfield Public School district.

When asked if the minor and his family would pursue civil lawsuits against Frawley or the church, Sherman declined to comment.

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