NEWINGTON - A former Farmington Town Council member allegedly posed as a teen to develop an online relationship with a 12-year-old that turned sexual as the girl got older, according to court papers. Johnathan Landry, 42, of 21 Fairview Drive, Farmington, abruptly resigned from his council seat earlier this year after learning of the investigation into his activities. He was charged with interfering with police and harassment Friday.
He came to the attention of Newington police after the girl, now 22, reported in January that she was being harassed by text message and by a Google app by a woman named “Jessica Monroe.” The months-long investigation into the harassment revealed that Landry had built a relationship with the girl starting when she was 12 and that the two had their first sexual encounter when she was 16, the warrant for his arrest said.
Landry used the name “Jason Davis” and told the girl that he was 17 and living with his parents when they first started chatting on AOL Instant Messenger in 2008, when she was 12. Throughout their 10-year relationship, the girl believed Landry’s name was “Jason Davis.”
Landry brought her to a Republican convention in 2014 but the two got into an argument that night, the warrant said. She stopped speaking to Landry for weeks and then suddenly she began receiving text messages from Davis’ friend “Jessica Monroe,” who encouraged her to make up with Davis and who also repeatedly encouraged her to have sex with Davis, the girl told police.
During the investigation police were not able to determine if “Jessica Monroe” actually existed despite search warrants executed on Internet providers, the warrant said.
Landry and “Monroe” would threaten the girl with exposure if she refused to have sex with him, the warrant said. At one point Landry and the girl had negotiated a “contract” for the number of times she would have sex with the older man, the warrant said.
The girl began saving the texts between the three, using a program installed on her computer. The texts were turned over to police as part of the investigation. It was a Newington officer investigating the case who was able to determine that Davis’ phone number actually belonged to Landry, a Farmington Town Council member.
He turned himself in Friday to be served with the warrant. He was released on non-surety bond. A New Britain Superior Court judge issued a protective order during his arraignment Monday barring him from contacting the victim.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.