Concord mother accused of harassing daughter’s ex-boyfriend pleads guilty
The Concord mom who peppered her 13-year-old daughter’s ex-boyfriend with sexual text messages, posing as another guy to make him jealous, has pleaded guilty to harassment.
Tamie Cassidy, 39, has been ordered to take part in parenting classes under the negotiated plea deal signed last week at Concord’s district court. The agreement also includes a 12-month prison sentence suspended pending two years of good behavior and a $1,000 fine, half of which will also be deferred for that period.
Cassidy was arrested shortly after a 13-year-old boy told an employee at Rundlett Middle School in early December that he had received a string of concerning text messages over the previous week. The police said the messages, more than 80 sent in eight days, seemed to be from a teenage boy and related to sexual acts involving Cassidy’s daughter.
“The content was concerning,” Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said. “It was beyond something you could shrug off or write off as a joke.”
According to the police, about the same time as the text messages were being sent, Cassidy’s daughter received a bouquet of flowers at the school.
The police said Cassidy, who is a pharmacy technician at Concord Hospital, was responsible for the text messages and the flowers. But when an officer approached the mother, Cassidy said she was unable to find out who had sent her daughter the gift because the florist told her that the person paid with cash, O’Malley said.
O’Malley said Cassidy told the officer that she couldn’t remember the name of the florist, so the officer called several flower shops in town trying to find out who sent the bouquet to the school.
He said the officer eventually found the right shop, where Cassidy had paid for the flowers with her credit card.
The police have said Cassidy’s daughter was unaware of her mother’s actions.
Because she lied about the flowers, Cassidy was charged with making a false report to law enforcement. As part of the negotiated plea deal, that charge was placed on hold and will be dismissed if Cassidy has no criminal convictions in the next year.
The mother had also been charged with stalking. That charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.
A message left on a number previously used to reach Cassidy went unreturned.