Connecticut jury awards $638,000 in S&M case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury has awarded about $638,000 to a Greenwich woman who sued a man she said had a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with her mentally ill and disabled daughter.

The Stamford Superior Court jury returned the verdict Thursday in favor of Mary Kortner, who said her daughter, Caroline Kendall Kortner, couldn’t have consented to an abusive sexual relationship with Greenwich resident Craig Martise because of her mental state.

Caroline Kendall Kortner died from an undisclosed illness at age 39 in 2010, seven years after her relationship with Martise.

Martise said he did nothing wrong and the relationship was consensual. A jury found in his favor in 2009, but the state Supreme Court overturned the verdict in June.

Martise and his lawyer didn’t immediately return messages Tuesday.

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