As reported in the October 1, 2012 edition of Rhode Island Lawyers' Weekly, a Pawtucket man has pled guilty to charges of first and second degree child molestation. The man molested three (3) young boys, all under the age of ten. He was sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment. Upon his release, he will be required to register as a sex offender.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 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 include imprisonment for a period of not less than twenty-five (25) years and may be imprisoned for life.
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. 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 include imprisonment for not less than six (6) years nor more than thirty (30) years.
For both offenses, a person is required to register as a sex offender upon release and undergo sexual offender counseling. In addition, because the man's victims are under the age of twelve (12), he will be electronically monitored upon his release. The law provides that every person who shall violate the provisions of subdivisions 11-37-8.2.1(b)(1) – 11-37-8.2.1(b)(2) listed herein shall be electronically monitored via an active global positioning system for life and, as a condition of parole and probation, and for the duration of any period of his or her probation following his or her parole shall attend a sex offender treatment program to address his or her criminally offensive behavior, as determined by the department of probation and parole.
If you or a family member has been charged with child molestation, sexual assault or other sex crimes, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.