WARWICK, RI — Rhode Island State Police announced the arrest of a Warwick man for soliciting a child and sharing indecent materials online.
Members of the RISP Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Patrick Downs, age 31, of 47 Reynolds Ave., on Aug. 27 on one count each of indecent solicitation of a minor and electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor, both felonies.
Downs did not enter a plea, as is customary in felony cases, before Judge Christopher K. Smith in Third District Court that same day. Smith released Downs on $10,000 personal recognizance, with additional conditions of no internet use or unsupervised contact with children, and referred Downs to pretrial mental health monitoring, according to online court records.
If convicted, Downs faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, or both, and would be required to register as a sex offender for sharing indecent materials online, and a minimum five-year sentence for the solicitation charge.
A felony screening is scheduled for Oct. 8.