Man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting 13-year-old Plainfield girl met victim online

Published: May. 3, 2023 at 2:41 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2023 at 7:35 AM EDT
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PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) – A Massachusetts man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Plainfield girl met the victim online, according to court paperwork.

Connor Tidd, 22, of Quincy, MA, is set to face a judge in Danielson on Thursday.

Connor Tidd.
Connor Tidd.(Plainfield Police Department)

Police said the investigation began on March 18. Officers responded to a home in the Moosup Village area of Plainfield for the report of a missing 13-year-old girl.

Officers could not find the girl nearby.

After interviewing people at the home, police believed the girl was taken by Tidd.

“The Special Investigations Unit was subsequently requested to the scene to assist in the investigation,” Plainfield police said.

Police later learned Tidd brought the girl to the Elite Inn on East Main Street in Moosup.

“Officers responded to the Elite Inn and established a perimeter around the property,” police said.

Officers found the room Tidd was inside. He did not listen to their verbal commands, authorities said.

Police entered the hotel room and found the missing 13-year-old girl in the bathroom.

“Tidd was found hiding behind the doorway, attempting to elude the officers,” Plainfield police said.

Police said they were granted search and seizure warrants for the hotel room and Tidd’s vehicle.

Officers seized several pieces of evidence that established probable cause for sexual and narcotic crimes, according to Plainfield police.

Tidd was arrested at the scene. He was charged with risk of injury to a minor and interfering with an investigation.

According to Tidd’s arrest warrant, he met the girl online.

The victim told police she met Tidd on an app called “Purp”. She said the app is like a “kid version of Tinder.”

“The victim said that on Connor’s Purp profile, his age was set to ‘fifteen’,” court paperwork said.

Tidd also communicated with her on Snapchat and Discord, according to the arrest warrant.

Police say Tidd picked the girl up near her home and took her to the Elite Inn where the two planned in advance to have sex and try “edibles”.

When the girl’s family reported her missing, police used social media apps to track her to the hotel.

Authorities said Tidd did not want to cooperate and when police asked how old he was he said: “old enough to get in trouble”.... and then said: “he was sorry, that he was scared, and asked if he would have a future multiple times.”

You can read Tidd’s arrest warrant below. WARNING: Details may be disturbing to some readers.

Police said he was held on a $150,000 bond and arraigned on March 20.

“Upon arraignment Tidd’s bond was raised to $250,000, which he was able to secure,” Plainfield police said. “Tidd was subsequently released with extensive conditions to include but not limited to wearing a global positioning system (GPS) and to remain in the State of Connecticut.”

Plainfield police submitted an arrest warrant on Wednesday after more investigating.

For that warrant, Tidd was charged with second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, risk of injury to a minor / sexual contact, first-degree kidnapping (advance a felony), first-degree kidnapping (sexual abuse), illegal distribution of a controlled substance, illegal distribution of a controlled substance with a victim younger than 18, and enticing a minor.

He was arrested on the new charges Wednesday.

Police said Tidd was held on an additional $500,000 bond.

People familiar with the inn said hearing that happened was a shock.

“Doesn’t happen here. That’s a first and I’ve been here for a while. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that until that night,” said Steven Robichaud, maintenance at the Elite Inn. “I didn’t see the girl come out, just the guy.”