A facilities worker for Springfields public schools has been accused of soliciting sex from a minor.
Raymond Corbeil, a 48-year-old Springfield resident, is facing a count of enticing sex from a child under the age of 16. He was charged following a report from the concerned parents of an East Longmeadow 11-year-old boy that led police to discover explicit conversations with Corbeil on the boys cell phone, according to a criminal complaint.
Two other men — 19-year-old Nathaniel Paulo of Longmeadow and 67-year-old Springfield resident Kenneth Gullotti — were also charged in connection with the investigation. Paulo is facing nine counts of distributing obscene matter to a minor and Gullotti is facing two counts of kidnapping of a child and two counts of enticing sex from a child under 16.
On Oct. 10, East Longmeadow Police Det. Michael Ingalls met with the parents of the boy, who told Ingalls they had discovered two gay social network applications on their sons phone.
“Upon looking through their sons profile on the application Hornet it was found he was in multiple conversations with adult males, some sharing pornographic photos of themselves with the young 11-year-old male and also enticing him for sex,” Ingalls wrote in his statement of facts. “It appears that in some of the conversations, the 11-year-old male portrays himself as someone older in the beginnings of the conversations, but in three chats the victim tells the adult males he is chatting with an age under 16 at which time they continue talking with him.”
One of those chats was with a man using the Hornet profile name Ray. Investigators allege that profile belonged to Corbeil.
“It should be noted that Mr. Corbeil is an employee of the City of Springfield where he serves as a janitor for various city schools and is around under age children on a daily basis,” Ingalls wrote.
Azell Cavaan, Chief Communications Officer for Springfield Public Schools, confirmed that Corbeil is a facilities tradesman for the district and is on leave pending investigation.
In the chats, the victim initially portrayed himself as an older man interested in having oral sex, according to the police report. But his story changed, police said; at one point the victim identified himself as a 13-year-old, before claiming he was in fact the father of the 13-year-old-boy.
Corbeil allegedly expressed interest in giving oral sex to the 13-year-old, prompting Ingalls to visit Corbeils home. Corbeil accompanied Ingalls to the police station, where he told police he believed he was speaking to a man who was of age, according to Ingalls report.
Detectives then read him a message in which he allegedly attempted to set up a meeting to have oral sex with a person identified as a 13-year-old boy, Ingalls wrote.
Corbeil was released without bail, but on a series of conditions – including no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18, and no use of social media or dating apps.
On Tuesday, the Springfield Public Schools Office of Safety and Security requested a copy of Corbeils docket sheet and release conditions from Palmer District Court.
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