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  • EG Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Seeking Sex With Eight-Year-Old Girl in Warwick

    The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.

    The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.

    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.

    Ferrante was led to believe that he was communicating with the step-father of an 8-year-old girl. Over the next 8 days, communications by email, text message and telephone became sexually explicit during which time Ferrante expressed a strong interest to engage in sexual activity with the girl.
    During his plea, Ferrante admitted to the court that in January 2017, he communicated online, by text message and by telephone with an individual he believed to be arranging for him to have sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl.
    Ferrante has been detained since his arrest.
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