BRISTOL - A 44-year-old Terryville man appeared before a judge on Monday to answer to charges he propositioned a Bristol teenager by allegedly sending her a list of sexual favors she could complete for money.
Shane Silva was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court during a brief hearing, in which he did not enter a plea. He is facing charges of criminal attempt to employ a minor in an obscene performance and risk of injury to a minor.
During the arraignment, Silva was ordered not to contact the complainant in the case, a 14-year-old girl, and to stay 100 yards away from her at all times.
A judge, during the proceeding, inquired as to whether the case would need to be transferred to a higher court, as he said the nature of the charges appear serious. Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, informed that judge that, because the most serious charge is considered an “attempt,” the case would stay in Bristol.
Silva, who is free on $50,000 bond, is due back in court on Oct. 24.
According to the arrest warrant, Silva last winter sent the teenage victim a list of things she could do to earn $100 each, including sending him nude photos, performing oral sex on him, allowing him to perform oral sex on her and going anywhere he wanted with him during her next school vacation. The document said no sexual contact is alleged to have taken place.
According to the warrant, Silva knows the victim’s mother and has been acting as a father figure to the teen. The girl went with Silva on two business trips of his last fall and winter. During the trips, police allege, he made sexually-suggestive comments towards the girl.
Officers seized Silva’s phone and other electronic devices from his home in May, after a detective in March twice tried to line up an interview with him, but he didn’t show up either time, the warrant said. While police were at his home, he agreed to speak with investigators.
During the interview, Silva admitted that he has said inappropriate things to the teen and sent her the list of sexual favors that she showed officers, but he affirmed that he never intended to go through with any of the acts, according to the warrant.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.