Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Warren man for Cyberstalking – Second Offense.
At 8:00 a.m. on August 23, 2013, members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Ryan Stanley, age 18, of 45 Canario Drive, Warren, Rhode Island for Cyberstalking – Second Offense. The investigation by the task force began when a parent complained that her juvenile daughter received unsolicited calls and text messages from an unknown individual that refused to identify himself. When the girl refused to engage in communications with the individual, he threatened to release compromising pictures of her on the Internet. The investigation determined that the source of the alleged harassing text messages was an internet connection at 45 Canario Drive, Warren, Rhode Island.
On August 23, 2013, ICAC Task Force members executed a court-authorized search warrant at Stanley's residence located at 45 Canario Drive, Warren and seized several pieces of digital media identified as being associated with this investigation. Mr. Stanley was arrested and processed at the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks.
Mr. Stanley was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge Robert Pirraglia. Bail on the new charge was set at $25,000 with surety, and Mr. Stanley was ordered to have no contact with the victim and prohibited from use of the Internet. Judge Pirraglia ordered Stanley held without bail as a probation violator and scheduled a review in Sixth Division District Court on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Mr. Stanley was previously charged with Cyberstalking by members of the Warren Police Department on May 28, 2013. Mr. Stanley plead Nolo Contedere to the charge on July 5, 2013 and was sentenced to one year of probation.
The penalty for a second or subsequent violation of Cyberstalking, §11-52-4.2 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, is imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than six thousand dollars ($6,000), or both.
The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force actively engages in investigative efforts to identify subjects involved in child exploitation-related activities. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force Program is administered by the Rhode Island State Police and supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Coventry Police Department, Warwick Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, and North Kingstown Police Department; and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
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