Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that as the result of a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 in the City of Providence last evening, members of the Rhode Island State Police have arrested and charged a Providence man for various criminal charges including enticement of a child, sexual assault on a minor, and possession with intent to distribute the narcotic MDMA or "Molly".
The State Police are alleging that on October 5, 2013 at approximately 8:18 PM, a Trooper was patrolling Route 95 South in the City of Providence and observed a vehicle abruptly change lanes in front of his marked police vehicle, causing the Trooper to brake to avoid a collision. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Joshua A. Morales, age 22, of 589 Cranston Street, Providence, Rhode Island. A fourteen (14) year-old girl from Providence was traveling with Mr. Morales and seated in the front passenger seat. While the Trooper was speaking with Morales, he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. Also observed in the back seat of the vehicle was a ten inch sword.
Additional Troopers arrived to assist in interviewing Morales and the 14-year-old girl. Once separated from Morales, she stated that Morales was known to her through a family relation and that he had picked her up in Providence with the belief he would bring her to visit his brother and mother. The 14-year-old girl stated that Morales had sexually assaulted her while traveling in the vehicle. In addition, she stated that Morales had placed a bag containing "Molly" down her shirt and instructed her to lie to the Trooper about her age as they were being stopped. The female stated she was concerned for her safety due to the weapon in clear display in the back seat and Morales's behavior. The 14-year-old girl turned over a clear plastic containing ten clear capsules filled with a brown powder substance consistent with MDMA or "Molly" which she stated was placed there by Morales.
A subsequent search of Morales's residence revealed an additional quantity of "Molly", as well as a digital scale, baggies, and assorted capsules consistent with distribution of MDMA or "Molly".
The 14-year-old victim was turned over to the custody of her mother. Morales was transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks where he was held overnight and arraigned this morning on the following charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (MDMA), Possession of a Controlled Substance (MDMA), Weapons Other than Firearms Prohibited, Second Degree Sexual Assault, Enticement of a Child, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Morales was also issued citations for various motor vehicle violations and Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce). Morales was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution pending a hearing in Sixth District Court in Providence on Monday, October 7, 2013.
Colonel O'Donnell stated, "I am proud of this Trooper. It is without question that his persistence and diligence saved this victim from further abuse. If it were not for the intervention of this sharp State Trooper, the end result of this investigation may have been a lot of different."
MEDIA CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Field Operations, Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, (401) 480-3002