PLAINVILLE - A New Britain woman accused of stealing a man's wallet and keys after being paid to perform a sex act has been granted a program that will allow her to elude a conviction.
Maria Sanchez, 18, was placed in Accelerated Rehabilitation during her hearing Friday in Bristol Superior Court. During the program, which is scheduled to last six months, she has been ordered to avoid further arrests. If she does that, charges of prostitution of a person over 16 years old, sixth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana will be dropped.
Sanchez and Jonathan Moris, 57, of Riverton, were both arrested after Moris called police on Christmas Eve and said a prostitute had stolen his jeans, containing his wallet and keys, according to an arrest warrant.
According to the warrant, Plainville police responded to the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot, located at 400 New Britain Ave., to investigate Moris’ theft complaint. He told officers he had picked Sanchez up and brought her to his room at the hotel, where the two used marijuana together.
Initially, police wrote in the warrant, Moris admitted he had paid Sanchez $100 for sex, but he later said he was paying her to spend time with him and that he hoped it would lead to sex, the warrant continued.
After the two took their clothes off, Moris told police, Sanchez “bolted,” taking his jeans with her. His wallet, which was in one of the pockets, had about $300 in it, he told officers. Police later found the jeans at a nearby shopping plaza, but the cash was still missing.
Later in the day, police found Sanchez at her home in New Britain. She agreed to speak with officers, and told them Moris had paid her $100 to spend time with him. She denied that sex was part of their agreement. She also said he had given her edible marijuana.
In the warrant, police said Sanchez had some of the money she was paid and $162 she stole from Moris. She also still had some of the marijuana edibles, according to police.
Sanchez was arrested on the spot, but investigators did not immediately arrest Moris. He was later charged. His case is still pending.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.