BRISTOL - A Waterbury man was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to meet up with someone in Bristol who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Police allege Robert Werbesky, 64, was looking for a “sugar baby” on a dating app when he began chatting with a Bristol man, who runs the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad, on April 17, according to the warrant for his arrest. Werbesky, according to police, arranged a meeting in Bristol later in the day and was confronted by the complainant, who revealed he had set the whole thing up.
Werbesky faces one count of enticing a minor by computer. The POP Squad is a local group that has been responsible for numerous other arrests in the area involving similar allegations.
According to the warrant, Werbesky on April 17 messaged an account on the “LOVELY” dating app that had the username “J Luv” and a photo of a female. The photo was given to the POP Squad member by a friend of his. During their conversation, Werbesky, police allege, was told by the user that she was not 18 years old, as the account said, but was actually 14 and would be turning 15 in October.
“You’re not going to get me in trouble for talking to somebody that’s a minor, are you?” Werbesky asked the user, according to the warrant.
The two then began text messaging each other using their cell phones, when Werbesky asked if the adult posing as a minor had ever had sex before, the warrant said. He was then sent a photo by the POP Squad founder, and Werbesky told the user she must have been older than she said she was, the warrant continued. The complainant maintained the ruse that he was an underage girl, saying the photo portrayed her when she was “all dolled up.”
According to the warrant, Werbesky then asked the user if she would be his “sugar baby,” defining the role as a girl who has sex with an older man and gets taken care of, receiving “nice things.” Shortly thereafter, a meeting was arranged between the two on Orchard Street, where Werbesky is confronted by the POP Squad founder, who recorded their interaction with a video camera.
The POP Squad member turned over the recording and screenshots of their text conversations to police. During the investigation, Werbesky referred any inquires from detectives to his attorney, John Donovan. Donovan told police he would contact investigators if his client wished to give a written statement.
Donovan later sent detectives a letter in which he said no statement would be given. He also pointed out in the letter that his client was originally under the impression that who he was messaging was 18 years old before being told that the “female” was only 14. The attorney also said the photos attached to the profile were those depicting a female “well in excess of 18.”
During a hearing Monday, in Bristol Superior Court, officials said Werbesky has previously been convicted of larceny, possession of narcotics and failure to appear in court. He was ordered not to use the Internet while the case is pending, and released on a promise to appear. He is due back in court on Aug. 1 to enter a plea.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.