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Rhode Island State Police Leads Joint Investigation Resulting in the Arrest of a Massachusetts Man for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Point of Contact for this Press Release is as follows: Captain Kevin M. O'Brien (401) 444-1012 or cell (401) 265-3504

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Dorchester, Massachusetts man on various criminal charges to include Sex Trafficking of a Minor. This arrest was the result of a joint investigation led by the Rhode Island State Police and included the Brockton and Providence Police Departments.

The investigation began on the evening of Friday October 25th, 2013 after the Rhode Island State Police was contacted by the Brockton Police Department regarding a 15-year-old female who was reported missing by her mother at 12:30 AM Friday morning. She was believed to be in the company of an unknown adult male in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Investigators from the Rhode Island State Police, Brocton Police and Providence Police were able to track the missing juvenile's location to an apartment located at 202 Jewett Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Investigators responded to the address and were successful in locating the missing juvenile who was in the company of Anthony Pledger, age 26, of 50 Evans Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts, as well as a 16-year-old Malden Massachusetts female who had also been reported missing from Massachusetts.

As the result of the investigation it is alleged that Pledger engaged in the following activity:

He had met the juvenile on an online social media site and arranged to meet her Thursday afternoon at a location near her residence. Pledger and the 15-year-old female spent Thursday night at the Providence apartment before traveling back to the Boston area to pick up her 16-year-old friend. Pledger returned both juveniles to the Providence apartment where he promised them clothing and other compensation if they agreed to perform sexual acts for money as arranged by Pledger. When the girls refused to comply with his wishes, Pledger refused to bring the girls back to Massachusetts despite their repeated requests. The 15-year-old female stated that Pledger had also sexually assaulted her in Massachusetts, as well as inside the Providence apartment.

The owner of the Providence apartment identified as Emma Schnorr, age 202 Jewett Street, Providence, Rhode Island was also arrested after obstructing investigators by denying the missing 15-year-old was inside the apartment when first confronted. She was also found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine.

In furtherance of the investigation, early this morning a court authorized search warrant was obtained by Rhode Island State Police detectives and executed at the Jewett Street apartment. A search of the apartment resulted in the seizure of several articles of electronic media equipment including computers, tablets and cell phones. Also seized were seven bags of cocaine with a total weight of approximately 5 grams, Oxycodone pills and $4,582.00 in United States Currency. A forensic examination will be conducted of the electronic media by members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

This morning Pledger was arraigned at the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks by a Justice of the Peace on the charges of Sex Trafficking of a Minor, 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, Enticement of a Child, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Emma Schnorr was also arraigned this morning by a Justice of the Peace and charged with Obstruction of a Police Officer and Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Deliver.

Both subjects were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution pending a formal arraignment in the Sixth District Court in Providence on Monday morning.

Both juveniles were released to the custody of their parents last night. The investigation is ongoing and will seek to identify any other potential victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 10-26-2013

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