Timothy F. Morsher, 61, of 285 1/2 E. Main St., is charged with menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, stemming from a Sept. 27 incident, according to court records.
Morsher was working at his daughter’s business, helping her hang some light fixtures that day. In a recent email to the Reflector, he said he walked to the nearby store on Main Street in Norwalk, where a customer was sitting on a stool in front of the counter and a man he referred to as the “perverted little creep” was behind the counter.
“So I stood with my back to the customer and told him we were all watching him and if I ever caught him taking pictures of naked little girls again, I would rip his head off and kick it around the block. I told him this several times as he told me a friend of his was doing this and not him,” Morsher wrote.
“Soon after, a police officer knocked on the front door of (my daughter’s) shop. I excused myself from working with her and asked the officer if we could talk outside. I told him exactly what I’m writing here and also told him he was welcome to arrest me on the spot,” said Morsher, who wasn’t served with his charge until Dec. 7.
Morsher also said he decided to confront the man because Morsher himself had spoken to two Norwalk business owners about the photographs, but they didn’t notify the police department. He added officers told him “they had never heard a thing about” what he called the “naked picture business.”
Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton investigated a complaint from Morsher about someone later identified as Tom DeLombarde, of Mansfield, possibly taking nude photographs of what his police report says appeared “to be very young girls in Norwalk.” Fulton wasn’t involved in the investigation for the suspected menacing incident.
“He hadn’t committed a crime. … This guy has a legitimate business,” Fulton said, referring to DeLombarde. “We don’t know of any underage girls.”
DeLombarde reportedly is part of a Facebook page called “Coarse Art” and the Model Mayhem website, both of which contain suggestive photos. On the Coarse Art page are photographs of “Samantha” taken in Norwalk, Plymouth and Mansfield, “Ashley” in Shelby and “Katie” in Norwalk.
During his investigation, Fulton said it was determined all the models are adults, so there was no crime being committed. Also, he said there were photographs taken in Norwalk and in spaces above Main Street businesses, such as Mossman Music.
“There were other photographs taken in Norwalk,” the detective added.
Police, in the report dated Oct. 24, said one of Morsher’s acquaintances reported seeing “a girl who appeared to be 15 years old” and topless in the alley behind Mossman Music, “but when she saw him she ‘covered up quickly.’” Detectives interviewed the acquaintance who confirmed Morsher’s account, saying he saw “a girl in a white SUV.”
Aware that retired Officer Dave Lichoff works part time at Mossman, Fulton said in his report he contacted Lichoff, who reported DeLombarde uses the “upstairs portion of the building housing Mossman Music to do some photo shoots … (and) caters to girls who want to break into the modeling business.”
Fulton also interviewed a man who owns a business near Mossman Music, who said he saw “very young” girls being photographed on the street who “possibly (were) under 18 years of age.”
On Sept. 10, Morsher said he received a report from his daughter about one her neighbors who came “across a van parked at an angle in the alley right behind their home” near Flickinger Insurance.
“When he approached, he saw a young girl, with nothing on, in the back of the van. There was a man there with her and when he asked what was going on, the young girl ran in the back door of Mossman Music store. He relayed this troubling event with my daughter and was very upset by it, as he is a single father of a very young girl,” added Morsher, who promised his daughter he would look into the situation.
Fulton was asked Monday if the allegations of nude photos were true.
“It’s accurate,” the detective said. “I would just say it’s nudes and partially nudes.”
During his investigation, he submitted various photos to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“There was no record of him,” Fulton said. “There have been no complaints filed about this man. … As far as the photographs go, there was nothing illegal.”