SOUTHINGTON - A South Windsor man, accused of having a sexual conversation with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy and arranging a meeting with a man who turned out to be posing as a minor, has been granted a program that will allow him to avoid prosecution.
David Ajodhi, 26, was placed in a supervised diversionary program, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, for defendants with psychiatric issues. During the two-year program, he has been ordered to seek psychiatric treatment and avoid any new arrests. If these conditions are met, one count of risk of injury to a minor will be dropped on March 3, 2020 - the scheduled completion date of the program.
According to the arrest warrant, Ajodhi was set up by the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad. The founder, an adult who goes by “Incognito,” has been responsible for a number of other arrests in the area using a similar sting operation.
Ajodhi and Incognito first made contact with each other in September, through a homosexual dating app. They began texting back and forth between Oct. 7 and 8, according to the warrant.
During the conversation, Ajodhi was told the person he was texting was 14 years old, and he allegedly replied by saying this was not the first time he had met a minor through the app, police allege.
“And I sometimes do mess around with him too,” Ajodhi said, according to the warrant.
Ajodhi then allegedly said he did not want Incognito to send him “illicit” photographs until he is of age. Later on in the conversation, he expressed his desire to perform oral sex on who he believed was a 14-year-old and said the two could hang out sometime, the warrant alleges. Ajodhi also expressed his fear that Incognito may have been a police officer setting him up, police said.
On Oct. 8, Ajodhi and the POP Squad member agreed to meet at a local Walmart. There, Incognito confronted the 26-year-old about what he was doing. Ajodhi allegedly admitted he was there to meet a 14-year-old, but said he planned on taking him to the front desk if he showed up.
After the Walmart meeting, the POP Squad member turned over the video of their encounter and the chat logs between the two to police. Ajodhi was later charged.
On Wednesday in court, state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne did not object Ajodhi using the program. He also expressed his disapproval of a “vigilante” doing the kinds of investigations the POP Squad does, saying there are safety issues involved.
“I don’t believe we should have private citizens doing police investigations,” Dearstyne said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.