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Vernon Nurse-Practitioner And Assistant Charged In Child Sex Case

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Jay Mohler-Avery, Candace Merriam (Courtesy Vernon Police)

Jay Mohler-Avery, Candace Merriam (Courtesy Vernon Police)

Vernon police are continuing their investigation into a case in which a man and woman are charged with arranging to have sex with an 18-month-old child.

44-year-old Jay Mohler-Avery is a nurse practioner who investigators say tried to arrange sex with the child through her mother.
Police say his assistant,  46-year-old Candace Merriam, allegedly  was responsible for picking up the child.

Mohler-Avery,  who runs Connecticut Family Care in Vernon,  faces a variety of charges including attempted sexual assault and insurance fraud.

Police say the mother came to them with the allegation.  and they responded quickly.  Now they are trying to determine if there are other victims.

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