Newport, Rhode Island Sex Crimes Lawyer

It is an honor to once again have the opportunity to lecture for the Administration of Justice Department at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island on the topic of sex crimes in Rhode Island. Initially, the lecture focused on the definitions and penalties of the following Rhode Island sex crimes:

  • First Degree Sexual Assault
  • Second Degree Sexual Assault
  • Third Degree Sexual Assault
  • First Degree Child Molestation
  • Second Degree Child Molestation
  • Abominable and Detestable Crime Against Nature
  • Disorderly Conduct – Lascivious Purpose
  • Disorderly Conduct – Indecent Exposure
  • Commercial Sexual Activity
  • Production, Reproduction or Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Sexting

In 2009 new statutes regarding commercial sexual activity were enacted. Prior to 2009 indoor prostitution was legal in Rhode Island. The newly enacted commercial sexual activity statutes make all forms of prostitution in Rhode Island illegal. The new statutes also focus on punishing those who utilize the services of prostitutes and those who profit from prostitution. The newly enacted commercial sexual activity statutes define the following:

  • Prostitution
  • Procurement of Sexual Conduct for a Fee
  • Loitering for Prostitution
  • Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
  • Pandering or Permitting Prostitution
  • Involuntary Servitude
  • Trafficking of Persons for Forced Labor or Commercial Sexual Activity

The newly emerging area of cyber crimes which include video voyeurism, sexting and child pornography was thoroughly reviewed and analyzed during the sex crimes lecture. In 2011 new statutes regarding sexting and minors were enacted. For more information regarding cyber crimes, please see my article published in the March/April, 2011 edition of the Rhode Island Bar Journal entitled "Cyber Crimes: Bullying, Stalking, Sexting & Texting".

If you or a family member has been charged with child molestation, sexual assault or other sex crimes in Rhode Island, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill successfully guide through the legal process. Please contact Robert H. Humphrey, Esq. at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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