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Warwick Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Seeking Sex With a Boy

The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.
The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI.
The US District Courthouse in Providence, RI. A Warwick man has been sentenced to 10 years for seeking sex with a boy online.

PROVIDENCE, RI — A Warwick man who admitted to seeking sex with a boy online for illicit sexual activity has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison,  U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha announced.

Richard Senecal, 64, previously admitted to a federal judge that in April 2022, that he engaged in a series of sexually explicit online communications seeking sex with a boy, an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. Senecal sent sexually explicit images and suggested sharing drugs, including methamphetamine, with the boy, and made arrangements to meet in Warwick to engage in sex with the boy.

According to information presented to the court, that conduct occurred only months after Senecal was released on bail after being arrested in October 2021 for attempting to solicit a different 14-year-old boy for sex.

In both instances, the individuals that Senecal thought were 14-year-old boys were, in fact, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Senecal pled guilty on Feb. 28, 2024, to attempted inducement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity. He was sentenced Wednesday, May 15 by U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy to 120 months in federal prison to be followed by eight years of supervised release. Senecal will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John P. McAdams and Julie M. White.

The matter was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police ICAC Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.

Rob Borkowski
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