Two charged in Plainville hotel hook-up incident

Published on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:34


PLAINVILLE - A man’s Christmas Eve hotel rendezvous with a young woman turned into a theft, police say, and both have been charged.

Jonathan Moris, 57, of the Riverton section of Barkhamsted, and Maria Sanchez, 18, of New Britain, were arrested after Moris called police on Dec. 24 and reported that a prostitute had stolen his jeans, in which were his wallet and keys, according to an arrest warrant.

Moris is facing charges of patronizing a prostitute, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance.

Sanchez has been charged with prostitution of a person over 16 years old, sixth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

Moris, who is free on $1,000 bond, was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court. His case was continued to Feb. 21.

Sanchez, who is free on a promise to appear, is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday.

According to the warrant, Plainville police responded to the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 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.

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.

After the two took their clothes off, Moris told police, Sanchez “bolted,” taking his jeans with her. His wallet, in one of the pockets, contained about $300, he told officers. Police found the jeans at a nearby shopping plaza, but the cash was missing.

Later that day, police found Sanchez at her home in New Britain. She told officers that 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, according to police.

Sanchez was arrested on the spot, but investigators did not immediately arrest Moris. He was charged this month.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:34. Updated: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:37.