As reported by Tracy Breton in the March 30, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, a North Smithfield man has been sentenced following his plea to one (1) count of first degree child molestation and three (3) counts of second degree child molestation. The man was sentenced to forty (40) years imprisonment, with twenty (20) years to serve. Upon his release, he will be required to register as a sex offender.
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. 11-37-8.1, first degree child molestation 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 penalties if convicted of first degree child molestation include imprisonment for a period of not less than twenty-five (25) years and may be imprisoned for life. In addition, if released from prison, as a condition of parole and probation, the man will be required to be electronically monitored through the use of GPS technology. Rhode Island law also mandates sex offender counseling and treatment upon release.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-37-8.3, second degree child molestation is defined as a person is guilty of a second degree child molestation sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual contact with another person fourteen (14) years of age or under. The penalties if convicted of second degree child molestation include imprisonment for not less than six (6) years nor more than thirty (30) years.
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