Judge jails ‘Maple Syrup Man’
BRIDGEPORT - Somebody call the Howard Stern show, the ‘Maple Syrup Man’ won’t be able to make it.
Robert Somley, the Monroe landscaper who received notoriety for enticing a married woman to have sex with him with maple syrup and blueberry jam and then allegedly secretly video recording her, was rearrested Monday for allegedly threatening to out the woman.
“But no one has explained to me why I am being arrested,” the 52-year-old Somley complained as judicial marshals snapped handcuffs on his wrists.
Earlier Monday Somley admitted to Hearst Connecticut Media that he was in a “sticky situation.” But he said he had gotten an invitation to be on the Howard Stern satellite radio show. He then motioned to the new hiking-style boots he was wearing.
“See these boots? I got them for free because I am going to plug them on Howard Stern,” he said.
During Somley’s arraignment hearing on Monday Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Dunn announced that in addition to the pending charge of voyeurism, Somley was being charged with violating a protective order and tampering with a witness.
Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton then ordered Somley held in lieu of $150,000 bond. When Somley protested, she pointed out that he is charged with violating a protective order she imposed just a week ago.
“You called a witness’s home and indicated to the witness that the victim better drop the case,” the judge said.
Police said the woman was helping Somley move out of the home he had been evicted from when Somley said he needed to take a break.
After about 20 minutes the woman went looking for Somley and found him in the home, naked watching pornography on a laptop, police said.
When the woman questioned what Somley was doing, police said he responded that he needed to relieve himself before continuing work.
Police said the woman left and went back to loading a trailer. But, after a short while, decided that she too needed to take a break.
When she went back into the home this time she found Somley naked and dribbling maple syrup on his body, police said.
Police said the woman confessed that this sight was a “turn on” for her and she demanded to be allowed to participate.
In addition to the syrup, police said the couple engaged in foreplay with blueberry jelly.
All the while, police said Somley was taking video of the situation.
When the woman found out there was video, police said she demanded that Somley delete it all, but he refused.
On Friday, police said Somley told the victim’s best friend that she needed to tell the victim, “that if she did not drop all the charges he would completely destroy her, that he would go public with her name.”