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Hartford Courant:

Police are investigating whether a childhood friend of major league pitcher Carl Pavano tried to extort money from him by threatening to publicize details of their relationship while attending Southington High School.

The investigation was started in late December after Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, complained to police that she was being harassed through her Facebook account

On March 21, police searched the 43 Hunting Hill Drive home that Christian Bedard, 36, shares with his mother, Elaine, a member of the town’s police commission. Police seized a laptop computer and a journal written by Christian Bedard.

Det. Mark Beal, summarizing in the affidavit a Facebook message that Bedard sent to DeGennaro, wrote: “Bedard states Pavano is gay, and they had a relationship when they were growing up.

“Bedard said he has a book deal in place worth $1.2 million and that it can all go away if Pavano buys him a navy Range Rover with tan leather.”

DeGennaro and her family told police Bedard’s statements were untrue, the affidavit says.

Christian Bedard has declined to comment, but on Thursday emailed a statement to The Associated Press:

“I have been openly gay for most of my adult life,” the statement said. “For years, my physical high school relationship with Carl Pavano has been well-known to my close friends and family. Carl Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, contacted me on Facebook asking under what conditions would I not talk about my relationship with Carl.”