Rhode Island Sex Offender Arrest

As reported by Katie Mulvaney in the April 12, 2011 edition of the Providence Journal, a New Jersey man was arrested on charges of distribution of child pornography, using the Internet to entice a minor and attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor. The man traveled to Rhode Island, from New Jersey, to have sex with an eight (8) year old child that he met through the Internet. The man is a convicted sex offender in New Jersey.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, 11-9-1.3, it is a violation of this section for any person to:

(1) Knowingly produce any child pornography;

(2) Knowingly mail, transport, deliver or transfer by any means, including by computer, any child pornography;

(3) Knowingly reproduce any child pornography by any means, including the computer; or

(4) Knowingly possess any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, computer disk, computer file or any other material that contains an image of child pornography.

The penalties for production, transmission and reproduction of child pornography is a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned for not more than fifteen (15) years, or both. The penalty for possessing child pornography is a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than five (5) years, or both.

If the man had sexual contact with the child, he would be charged with first degree child molestation, which is defined as a person is guilty of first degree child molestation sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual penetration with a person fourteen (14) years of age or under. The penalty for first degree child molestation include Every person who shall commit first degree child molestation sexual assault shall be imprisoned for a period of not less than twenty-five (25) years and may be imprisoned for life.

If you or a family member have been charged with sexting, sextortion, child pornography, first degree sexual assault, second degree sexual assault or third degree sexual assault please allow attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Contact Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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