The 18-year-old Connecticut football star accused of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old man that he was sexually involved with has been released from jail on bond, reports WFSB and the Hartfortd Courant. Tarence Mitchell says he was sexually manipulated and harassed since he was 16-years-old by Ronald Taylor—who tried to blackmail him when he attempted to end the relationship.
The captain of the Bloomfield High School football team was released Tuesday after his family posted the $1 million bond. Mitchell was ordered to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and will not be permitted to leave his home except for an emergency or court. No word yet if the high school senior will be tutored.
Police also report the victim was previously stabbed by another male teen, adds the Hartfortd Courant.
Ronald Taylor was stabbed by another teen in the summer of 2012, according to court documents. In that case, a teenager who is younger than Mitchell allegedly stabbed Taylor on the left side of his torso. Taylor said the teen — who had slept over at Taylor's house the night before — had a blank expression on his face during the attack, according to court documents. The disposition of that case isn't public because the teen was prosecuted as a juvenile.
Mitchell and Taylor's relationship reportedly began when the teen was only 16-years-old. The victim threatened to tell Mitchell's Facebook friends and the his mother when the teen attempted to cut it off, according to court documents.
Mitchell told police that the two had a sexual relationship and that Taylor gave him marijuana and alcohol over the last two years, according to court papers. When Mitchell tried to end their relationship at the end of last year, "Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, including him being a Bloomfield gay football star," the documents said.
Seven letters of support were sent to the judge from "Mitchell's relatives, his football coach, guidance counselor, teacher and even on-again-off-again girlfriend."
This case is just awful and tragic on so many levels. Sigh ...