SOUTHINGTON -- A New Britain man has pleaded not guilty to accusations of misleading an 8th grader from Southington into sending inappropriate videos to him, using a ruse that led the minor to believe he was communicating with a girl.
Tyler Pertillar, 22, faces charges of enticing a minor by computer and risk of injury to a child.
According to judicial records, the 22-year-old was scheduled to appear Friday in New Britain Superior Court. During the hearing, judicial records said, he pleaded not guilty to all charges, though records also indicated Pertillar was sent a letter notifying him of his next hearing. This is usually done when a defendant misses a hearing, indicating that his attorney may have entered the pleas on his behalf.
The arrest warrant in the case indicates the victim in the case met with police in June 2020 and told investigators he began having conversations with Pertillar about a year earlier after friends told him that Pertillar was a “cool guy.” The minor friended him on both Instagram and Snapchat, the warrant said.
In March 2020, the warrant continued, Pertillar posted a message on Snapchat that said “Text me if you want me to buy you something from Amazon.” The minor told police he responded, saying he would like a pair of sneakers and a gift card.
Pertillar, police wrote in the warrant, told the boy he would need to “add” a girl named Jess on Snapchat and do whatever she told him in order to get the gifts. The victim told police he complied and added the user -- who investigators allege was actually Pertillar.
According to the warrant, the user asked and ultimately coerced the boy into taking his clothes off during a video chat before having him masturbate on camera. The boy told Southington investigators he did this on five different occasions between March and May 2020, the warrant said. Most occurrences were with the user who he believed was a female, but on one occasion he was knowingly chatting with Pertillar, who allegedly told the minor that he had to do it “for Jess” otherwise he would “get exposed” to all of his friends, according to the warrant.
Additionally, the boy told police, he was video chatting with Pertillar at some point in May 2020 when Pertillar began masturbating. Police were made aware of the allegations that month after the victim confided in one of his parents, the warrant said.
Police found that Pertillar is on probation and that he has been ordered not to access electronic devices or have contact with anyone under 16 years old. According to judicial records, Pertillar is on probation after being convicted in 2018 of second-degree harassment, second-degree breach of peace, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree threatening. He has been charged with violating his probation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.