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Youth group leader applies for accelerated rehab

Updated 1:21 pm, Monday, December 9, 2013
  • Morgan V. Frawley, a former youth group leader at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, applied for accelerated rehabilitation Monday, Dec. 9, in Norwalk Superior Court. Frawley was arrested on a charge of risk of injury to a minor. Photo: Contributed Photo / New Canaan News
    Morgan V. Frawley, a former youth group leader at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, applied for accelerated rehabilitation Monday, Dec. 9, in Norwalk Superior Court. Frawley was arrested on a charge of risk of injury to a minor. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Former church youth group leader Morgan Frawley, who police said had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy while working part time at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, applied for accelerated rehabilitation in Norwalk Superior Court Monday.

Frawley, 25, was arrested Oct. 25 on a charge of risk of injury to a minor. The boy's parents contacted church officials after they found sexually explicit images and texts on their son's cell phone, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

A protective order prohibiting contact with the teen boy was issued against Frawley, a Fairfield resident, on Nov. 5.

Also known as AR, accelerated rehabilitation is a probationary program that allows first-time offenders to wipe away charges against them, provided they do not get into any further legal trouble while they are on probation.

If the court approves her application, Frawley, who also worked as a long-term substitute teacher in Fairfield, will be placed on probation for up to two years. If the conditions of the probation are completed, the charges will be dismissed.

Ogrinc showed concern about the application, but she said there's "no guarantee" that Frawley would be approved for the program.

"Now it's up to the court," Ogrinc said. "The troublesome part is the fact that she's a teacher."

As of noon Monday, Ogrinc still hadn't been officially informed of Frawley's application.

Mark Sherman, the attorney representing the victim's family, declined to comment. Frawley's lawyer, Frank Bevilacqua, was unavailable for comment.

Frawley is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

noliveira@bcnnew.com, 203-330-6582, @olivnelson