Victims Sought After Ex-Wilton Church Worker Charged With Youth Sex Assault


Victims Sought After Ex-Wilton Church Worker Charged With Youth Sex Assault
  1. Victims Sought After Ex-Wilton Church Worker Charged With Youth Sex Assault
    danbury.dailyvoice.com
    WILTON, Conn. — New Jersey authorities who charged a former Fairfield County man with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met on social media were searching for possible other victims.Ethan Z. Chandler, 42, who once worked part-time at Hope Church in Wilton, "sent nude photos of h…
    Connecticut (CT)

WILTON, Conn. — New Jersey authorities who charged a former Fairfield County man with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met on social media were searching for possible other victims.

Ethan Z. Chandler, 42, who once worked part-time at Hope Church in Wilton, "sent nude photos of himself to at least three juveniles and may have been having sexual relations with a second 14-year-old male," New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said.

Chandler "operates a video production company which involves filming sports events at schools across the region and which brings him into close contact with children," Porrino said. "[He] posts weekly video highlight packages of high school football on YouTube."

He also has a criminal history, having been arrested at a New Jersey mall in February 2014 after authorities said he kissed a young boy. The boy fled, but Chandler "admitted to police that he believed the youth was a minor" and later pleaded guilty to disorderly, the attorney general said.

New Jersey State Police detectives zeroed in on Chandler this time, Porrino said, after he tried to lure a 13-year-boy who turned out to be an undercover detective into a sexual encounter during a mobile chat.

Chandler, who had lived in Norwalk, Stamford and Monroe two decades ago, was arrested by NJSP investigators armed with a search warrant who seized computers, his cell phone and other potential evidence from his New Jersey home on Dec. 1, the attorney general said.

He'd been free on bail when the new information was discovered late last week following a probe by the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU) and Division of Criminal Justice Cyber Crimes Unit, Porrino said.

He remained held on $200,000 bail Monday in the Essex County Jail in New Jersey after being re-arrested last Wednesday.

"The initial charge was based on the undercover investigation, which began when detectives spotted an ad allegedly placed by Chandler on Craigslist soliciting oral sex with a young man," Porrino said.

"An undercover detective with the State Police DTIU responded to the ad, indicating to Chandler that he was a 13-year-old male. Chandler allegedly asked the '13-year-old' to communicate with him using the mobile chat app Kik."

After that, Porrino said, Chandler "engaged in sexually explicit chats with the 'teen' on Kik in which he said he knew the teen was 13 but did not care."

He also "discussed meeting the teen so that he could perform oral sex on him," the attorney general said.

Chandler arranged a Nov. 23 meeting in Woodbridge, N.J., where …

  1. New Milford residents upset about end to free sand for driveways

    Newmilfordspectrum.com - New Milford
    01.15 / 17:44 newmilfordspectrum.com
    NEW MILFORD — For years, town residents were free to take sand from a pile at the Public Works department to throw on slippery sidewalks and driveways when it snowed. [...] some people got in the habit of taking more than the single bucket originally envisioned — far more, in some cases — and town officials decided to end the practice this winter. The program “will follow the original intention as stated in Code of Ordinances and be provided to residents owning a sidewalk that are require…
  2. Netflix customers beware, new scam is targeting you

    Wtnh.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 17:31 wtnh.com
    A cyber-security company is warning Netflix customers to beware of a scam targeting credit card and personal…
  3. Water company executive to speak about current drought

    Ncadvertiser.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 17:25 ncadvertiser.com
    Aquarion Water Company’s Director of Supply Operations Jeff Ulrich will address the New Canaan Men’s... The post Water company executive to speak about current drought appeared first on New Canaan Adv…
  4. Mike Pence: No contact between Trump campaign and Russia

    Foxct.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 16:48 foxct.com
    WASHINGTON  — Vice President-elect Mike Pence flatly denied communication had taken place between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia after repeated questions in interviews on Sunday. Asked by Fox News’ Chris Wallace about contact between Trump or Trump’s team and the Kremlin, and the former Indiana governor denied there had been any, writing off the whole line of questioning as a “distraction.” “Of course not. Why would there be any …
  5. Martorella: A happy new year

    Darientimes.com - Darien
    01.15 / 16:26 darientimes.com
    Happy New Year! One of my favorite things to do at the start of a... The post Martorella: A happy new year appeared first on Darien…
  6. The Real Story — It’s the towns vs Malloy over the budget

    Foxct.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 15:36 foxct.com
    HARTFORD —Governor Malloy’s $50M midyear cut in aid to cities and towns is hitting them hard. Money they need for local schools, money they had budgeted for, is no longer there. Leaders are also worried about his plan to revise the formula for doling out state aid. It would give poorer municipalities a lot more, and richer ones, a lot less. They warn that layoffs of teachers and staff could result. Guests: Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel for…
  7. The Real Story – What’s Putin’s endgame?

    Foxct.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 15:35 foxct.com
    HARTFORD — Russia’s use of hacking, to meddle in the US presidential election. The claim that Russia has a dossier containing compromising information on President-elect Trump. What is Vladimir Putin’s end game? We gain insights from an expert on Russian affairs. Guest: Matthew Schmidt, Assistant Prof. of National Security and Political Science, University of New…
  8. Viewers Lose Out As WFSB Disappears From Optimum Lineup In Fairfield County

    Danbury.dailyvoice.com - Danbury
    01.15 / 15:08 danbury.dailyvoice.com
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Some television viewers in Fairfield County found themselves without local CBS programming on Saturday after WFSB/Channel 3 was dropped from the Optimum channel lineup in a financial dispute. In a statement posted on its website, WFSB said Optimum from Altice was to bl…
  9. Boys swim: Gaels notch first win over Xavier

    Sheltonherald.com - Shelton
    01.15 / 15:02 www.sheltonherald.com
    Shelton defeated Xavier on Friday at the Shelton Community Center by a score of 96-74.... The post Boys swim: Gaels notch first win over Xavier appeared first on Shelton…
  10. Manchester man arrested after slamming into utility pole, two people critically injured

    Foxct.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 14:58 foxct.com
    MANCHESTER — Police are investigating after an early morning crash on Sunday sent two people to the hospital in critical condition. Around 5:07 a.m., Manchester Police responded to a crash in front of 482 West Middle Turnpike. A car had crashed into a utility pole, heavily damaging both the pole and the car. Both the front seat and rear seat passengers sustained serious and life-threatening injuries. They were not wearing seatbelts. They were treated t the scene then taken to…
  11. Viewers Lose Out As Optimum Drops WFSB From Lineup In Fairfield County

    Norwalk.dailyvoice.com - Norwalk
    01.15 / 13:48 norwalk.dailyvoice.com
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Some television viewers in Fairfield County found themselves without local CBS programming on Saturday after Optimum dropped WFSB/Channel 3 from its channel lineup in a financial dispute. In a statement posted on its website, WFSB said Optimum from Altice was to blame fo…
  12. Editorial: Dr. King, President Obama

    Theridgefieldpress.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 13:44 theridgefieldpress.com
    Once again, Ridgefield will mark Martin Luther King Day with a celebration that honors the... The post Editorial: Dr. King, President Obama appeared first on The Ridgefield…
  13. Sunday To Be Sunny And Seasonable

    Courant.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 13:14 courant.com
    The light snow that fell across southern Connecticut Saturday evening delivered a half inch to an inch in the New Haven area.   Skies have cleared out overnight and high pressure will dominate our weather for the rest of weekend and Monday with plenty of sunshine and seasonal temperatures. …
  14. Town offices close for holiday

    Monroecourier.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 13:08 monroecourier.com
    The Monroe Town Hall Offices, Library, Food Pantry, Highway Department and Senior Citizen Center will... The post Town offices close for holiday appeared first on Monroe…
  15. The Hallway: Weston High School hits a high note

    Thewestonforum.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 13:08 thewestonforum.com
    Last month I wrote a column saying Weston High School was out of tune for... The post The Hallway: Weston High School hits a high note appeared first on The Weston…
  16. Congressional Republicans Take Aim at Planned Parenthood

    Courant.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 12:37 courant.com
    More than 30,000 women and men in Connecticut could lose access to reproductive health care if a Republican plan in Congress to strip Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood is approved, according to the organization's local leader. "That would be a public health crisis," said Judy Tabar,…
  17. Police logs Jan. 2 to Jan. 8

    Monroecourier.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 11:54 monroecourier.com
    The Monroe Police Department responded to 20 alarms, 26 medical emergencies and one 911 hang-up... The post Police logs Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 appeared first on Monroe…
  18. Viewers Lose NFL As Optimum Drops WFSB From Lineup In Fairfield County

    Norwalk.dailyvoice.com - Norwalk
    01.15 / 11:22 norwalk.dailyvoice.com
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Some television viewers in Fairfield County found themselves without CBS programming — including the broadcast of the Patriots vs. Texans in an NFL playoff game — on Saturday after Optimum dropped WFSB/Channel 3 from its channel lineup in a financial dispute. In a statem…
  19. Woman, 108, remains in assisted living home -- thanks to 800 donors

    Wfsb.com - Connecticut
    01.15 / 10:41 wfsb.com
    Carrie Lou Rausch, 108, has been in an assisted living facility for almost three years, but her funds to remain there were running…
  20. Pinching Arrest, Artist's Mosaic At Church Top The Week's News In Danbury

    Danbury.dailyvoice.com - Danbury
    01.15 / 10:14 danbury.dailyvoice.com
    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A woman died from a gunshot in Bridgeport and a New Jersey man in his 70s was killed in a rollover on the Merritt Parkway, tragic news among top stories in the past week across Fairfield County. A well-known Greenwich Republican called a town worker "nothing but a …