BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 22-year-old Maine woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Connecticut boy she met while playing the online video game “Call of Duty.”
Cassandra Grant, a shift manager at Domino’s Pizza in Rockland, Maine, pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. She elected a trial by jury.
The judge then continued the case to July 3.
Grant, who is free on $10,000 bond, declined comment as she and her lawyer, James Ruane, left the courtroom.
According to police, the two “met” in March 2011 when the boy added her as a friend while the two of them were playing the video game online. Police said the two talked, instant messaged and played games daily.
Police said the boy later told them he felt he and Grant had the “same feelings about life in general.” He said he learned right away she was 22 and he told her he was 14.
On March 24, 2011, the boy told Grant he wanted to be her boyfriend and she agreed, police said. But the two didn’t actually meet until Dec. 18, 2011, when police said Grant checked into a motel in Danbury near the mall. The following day police said the boy lied to his parents about visiting a friend and instead walked to the end of his street where Grant picked him up. They then went back to her motel room where they had sex, police said.
Police continued that the boy subsequently brought Grant home to meet his parents. They said he introduced her as a 16-year-old friend. Following dinner with his parents, police said Grant and the boy had sex in his bedroom. The boy’s father later drove Grant back to her motel room.
The next day police said the boy told his parents, who were leaving for work, he was feeling too ill to go to school. Instead, police said, he dressed up in a suit and waited for Grant to arrive. After having sex, Grant and the boy talked of “plans together for later in life,” police said.
But the boy’s older sister became suspicious of the relationship and after checking found out Grant’s real age, police said. She then told her parents who called the police.
Police said when they confronted Grant, who at that time was working at a bank in Thomaston, Maine, she admitted having sex with the boy and was expecting to be visited by police.
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