Sexual assault charges added against youth group leader Morgan Frawley over inappropriate texts

Frawley was originally charged with risk of injury to a minor. Last week, she was also charged with second-degree sexual assault. (2/27/14)

NORWALK - Norwalk prosecutors have added new charges against a former New Canaan youth group leader who police say had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy.

Morgan Frawley, 25, was arrested in October for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit texts and photos with a 15-year-old boy.

Frawley was originally charged with risk of injury to a minor. Last week, she was also charged with second-degree sexual assault.

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She was a part-time youth leader at The Congregational Church of New Canaan and a substitute teacher at Tomlinson Middle School. She has since been let go of her positions at both institutions.

Frawley's arrest warrant says the church told the Department of Children and Families that the boy's parents were concerned when they found more than 100 inappropriate and sexually suggestive texts and pictures on their son's phone.

According to the warrant, the vitctim's attorney, Mark Sherman, said the boy's father didn't want to press charges and said the romance was like "Romeo and Juliet."

In the arrest application, a New Canaan police sergeant said she "believes that Morgan Frawley and the juvenile victim were involved in a sexual relationship and engaged in sexual intercourse."

On Thursday, Frawley's attorney said there were no new events that warranted the new sexual assault charge and he is evaluating how to move forward. He told News 12 Connecticut that he asked for her next court date to be postponed until March because this new felony would prevent him from moving forward with a probationary program that would have erased the crime from Frawley's record.

The victim's attorney says it is unclear at this point if the family will file a civil suit against the church or Frawley.

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