PROVIDENCE, RI — An East Greenwich man arrested by State Police Jan. 12 after meeting a detective for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with an 8-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch announced the sentencing of Stephen T. Ferrante, 62, of East Greenwich today in a news release. U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., also ordered Ferrante to serve 5 years of supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration.
Ferrante pleaded guilty on April 26, 2017, to use of a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
State Police report that on Jan. 4, a State Police detective, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, responded by email to a Craigslist.com ad posted by Ferrante soliciting “open minded” parents of a daughter willing to allow their daughter to “be naked in a group setting,” according to the US Attorney’s office.