- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he met through an online dating website.

Christopher Kennedy, of West Springfield, was found guilty Friday by a Hampshire Superior Court of assault and battery, indecent assault and battery and indecent exposure.

Prosecutors say the trooper and the woman met online in June 2014, but she was at first hesitant to invite a stranger to her isolated home in Worthington.

The woman testified she eventually allowed Kennedy to visit because she thought she could trust a police officer.

Kennedy’s lawyer said his client thought the woman was interested in sex because of the sexual nature of their online exchanges and as soon as she asked him to stop, he did and apologized.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 13.



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