WARWICK, RI — A West Warwick man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after admittedly attempting to solicit a child for indecent purposes near Winslow Park Jan. 5, 2017.
Dylan Harris, 27, admitted that he had sexually explicit online chats with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. At Harris’ request, he arranged to meet with the boy in Winslow Park near T.F. Green Airport to have sex with the person, according to Attorney Aaron L. Weisman’s office.
The supposed 14-year-old boy was, in fact, a member of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Members of the task force confronted, chased and arrested him at about 3 p.m. that day as he fled in his vehicle, then crashed into a wooden guardrail at Winslow Park, reported at the time by WarwickPost.com.
Warwick residents witnessed the chase, and commented on the incident on Facebook minutes after it happened.
Harris’ sentence was announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni, and Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams. The matter was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police ICAC Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.
Weisman also acknowledged and thanked the Barrington Police Department for their assistance in the investigation of this case.