A city woman avoided prison time on charges of encouraging her 5-year-old daughter to falsely accuse the girl's millionaire father of exposing himself after he cut off financial support.
Jennifer Pastore, 39, of 4 Fullmar Lane, was given a three-year suspended sentence and three years probation by Judge Bruce Hudock after she pleaded guilty at state Superior Court in Norwalk last Wednesday to a reduced felony charge of falsely reporting an incident to police.
After a six-month Youth Bureau investigation, Pastore was arrested by Norwalk police Dec. 10, and charged with falsely reporting an incident, filing a false report, fabricating evidence and risk of injury to a child.
The three charges she did not plead to were all but dropped by the state, which has a 13-month window during which it can reinstate the charges if Pastore gets in subsequent trouble.
Because she pleaded guilty to a felony, Pastore has to give a sample of her DNA to the state and undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment and comply with orders from the state Department of Children and Families.
The girl's father declined comment on Pastore's sentencing.
Pastore allegedly passed off three drawings as the girls, one of which depicted the father having sex with another man.
Pastore told police in May 2009 that her daughter said the father, a music manager and producer, exposed himself to her 10 times over a six-month period beginning in December 2008.
The girl, however, told a counselor the pictures were fakes, according to a 16-page arrest affidavit by Norwalk Detective Laura Blakely.
After a state Department of Children and Families worker interviewed the little girl, Blakely told Pastore there was not enough evidence for an immediate arrest.
Pastore broke into tears, saying her daughter's father stopped paying her rent, took back her car and shut off her cell phone, the affidavit said.
"She said she wants him to `pay' in such a way that I understood it to mean arrested out of retaliation for what he's done to her by withdrawing financial support," the affidavit said.
The girl's father told Blakely the allegations were false and provided character references.
The man said Pastore was angry because he cut off funds to her and she thinks she is entitled to everything he owns.
Two weeks after making her initial report to police, Pastore showed up at police headquarters with three pictures she said were drawn by her daughter.
A caption of one of the images said that it depicts her father and another man having sex, but Blakely said all she could recognize in the picture were people.
The girl's preschool teacher told Blakely that the girl told her, "No. Mommy told me to say that and made me lie," the affidavit said.
After the girl told a counselor at the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center the same thing, the girl added, "This is a secret. Don't tell mommy," the affidavit said.