As reported by Amanda Milkovits in the May 3, 2016 edition of the Providence Journal, a Providence man has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual assault. The man is accused of raping a Coventry woman at India Point Park over the weekend. The man is currently being held at the ACI without bail.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-37-2, first degree sexual assault is defined as a person is guilty of first degree sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person, and if any of the following circumstances exist:
(1) The accused, not being the spouse, knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally incapacitated, mentally disabled, or physically helpless.
(2) The accused uses force or coercion.
(3) The accused, through concealment or by the element of surprise, is able to overcome the victim.
(4) The accused engages in the medical treatment or examination of the victim for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or stimulation.
The penalties if convicted include imprisonment for a period not less than ten (10) years and may be imprisoned for life. A person would also be required to undergo sex offender counseling and register as a sex offender. A no-contact order with the victim(s) would also be imposed.If you or a family member have been charged with first degree sexual assault, second degree sexual assault or other sex crimes, please contact Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at (401) 816-5862 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.