The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Warrant details aide’s contact with student

Ex-New Fairfield ‘lunch lady’ sent nude images to boy on Snapchat for months before sex assault

- By Kendra Baker

NEW FAIRFIELD — The former middle school cafeteria aide accused of sexually assaulting a student sent unsolicite­d explicit images and videos to the minor for months before she was arrested in February, according to her arrest warrant.

Andie Paige Rosafort, 31, is facing second-degree sexual assault, enticing a minor by computer and risk of injury to a child following an investigat­ion into alleged sexual relations with an underage boy.

The three felony charges — to which she has pleaded not guilty — stem from a Jan. 13 incident, during which Rosafort allegedly had sexual intercours­e with the juvenile, police said.

During a forensic interview on Jan. 19, the victim told Youth and Family Services profession­als he had sex with Rosafort and had been communicat­ing with her via Snapchat for six months leading up to the Jan. 13 incident, the warrant stated. He said she began sending him often unsolicite­d, explicit photos and videos beginning in September 2022, according to the warrant.

A protective order was issued during Rosafort’s arraignmen­t in state Superior Court in Danbury on Wednesday, prohibitin­g her from using social media, contacting the victim and requiring her keep an at least 100-yard distance from him.

Judge Robin Pavia told her a violation of the order could result in “a new arrest or a felony.” Rosafort, whose attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday, is next scheduled to appear in court March 23.

Records show Rosafort — who was immediatel­y placed on leave after New Fairfield schools heard about the sexual assault allegation­s and resigned from her part-time position the next day — had been reprimande­d for her interactio­ns with minors on social media weeks before her Feb. 20 arrest.

Investigat­ion launches

Police launched an investigat­ion Jan. 17, after New Fairfield High School administra­tion reported “possible inappropri­ate behavior” may have occurred between a female school employee and a juvenile student, the warrant states.

School Resource Officer David Koonitsky interviewe­d a parent of a friend of the victim, who said his daughter was at a house party with the victim on Jan. 13, and that the victim suddenly announced he was leaving.

The girl told her father the victim was “acting strange” when he returned around 9:30 p.m. and said she found out he had “left the party to have sex with a woman,” later identified as Rosafort, the warrant stated.

According to the warrant, the girl’s father told police his daughter told him Rosafort was “always talking” to male high school students on social media.

Superinten­dent Kenneth Craw said the district launched an investigat­ion in November into a claim that Rosafort was communicat­ing inappropri­ately with a minor. Though the investigat­ion found no evidence of the accusation, district records show she was warned in December not to text or contact students through social media.

During the forensic interview, the victim said Rosafort messaged him while he was at the Jan. 13 party and asked him to meet her to have sex, the warrant stated. After giving her the address of the house, the victim said Rosafort drove there to pick him up.

He said she pulled up around 9 p.m. and, after making an excuse to leave the party, went to her vehicle and got in the back seat. He said she then drove them a short way before parking and turning off the headlights.

According to the warrant for Rosafort’s arrest, the victim said they started having sexual intercours­e in the vehicle and he “ended the encounter because he began to feel weird about it.” He told investigat­ors he then exited the vehicle and ran back to his friend’s house, the warrant stated.

Feeling “very weird and guilty” about what happened, the victim said he told his parents two days later, according to the warrant.

Detective Jared Barbero

and other investigat­ors from Connecticu­t State Police’s Western District Major Crime Squad corroborat­ed the victim’s timeline of events from the evening of Jan. 13, through interviews with other juveniles who attended the party.

Cellphone records were also examined and pings off cell towers showed Rosafort’s phone “heading in the direction of the scene at the time of the incident, and then in the direction of Rosafort’s residence afterward,” according to the warrant.

Unsolicite­d photos, videos

The victim described Rosafort as his “lunch lady” in middle school and said he and other students found her “funny and personable,” according to police. The minor said he and Rosafort started messaging each other on Snapchat over the summer of 2022, and she first sent a nude photo to him via the app in September, the warrant


The victim said he was “surprised” to get it, and when he asked Rosafort if she meant to send it, he said she sent another, according to the warrant.

He said Rosafort usually sent unsolicite­d, sexually explicit photos and videos of herself, but would also ask him to send pictures, the warrant stated. He said she recorded him at his sports practices and games and sent him the videos, according to the warrant.

With written consent, police viewed eight screen recordings on the victim’s phone that showed sexually explicit videos of Rosafort that she allegedly sent the victim via Snapchat, according to the warrant.

When police examined the victim’s phone, officers found a text message he received on Jan. 15 from a number investigat­ors identified as Rosafort’s, according to the warrant. The message read “what’s going on,” the warrant stated.

“The victim then replied with, ‘Who is this,’ ” the warrant stated.

“Rosafort replied with ‘Andie’ and then a second text message approximat­ely 20 minutes later when the victim didn’t reply,” which in part read “Sorry! I must have the wrong number,” according to the warrant. .

The warrant states the victim said all his communicat­ion with Rosafort was through Instagram and Snapchat and that he didn’t have her phone number.

Investigat­ors also traced Rosafort’s Snapchat username back to her cellphone number and found a photo of the victim showering during an examinatio­n of data associated with her account, the warrant stated. Police said the image, which only showed the top half of his body, was from Nov. 30.

Rosafort’s vehicle was seized as evidence and processed at state police Troop A headquarte­rs in Southbury on Jan. 24. Investigat­ors seized several swabs from the vehicle and submitted for analysis — the results of which were not available when the warrant was written.

By the time police tried to interview Rosafort on Feb. 15, she had already retained Jennifer Tunnard as an attorney and “ultimately declined the interview,” according to the arrest warrant police obtained Feb. 17.

After turning herself in Feb. 20, Rosafort posted a $100,000 profession­al surety bond and was released from custody with conditions — one being that she cannot have contact with any minors other than her own children.

 ?? H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticu­t Media ?? Andie Rosafort leaves Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday. Rosafort, a former cafeteria aide with New Fairfield Public Schools, appear in court after she was charged with sexually assaulting a student.
H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticu­t Media Andie Rosafort leaves Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday. Rosafort, a former cafeteria aide with New Fairfield Public Schools, appear in court after she was charged with sexually assaulting a student.

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