Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that on December 26, 2013, members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Scott A. Andriole, age 19, of 122 Eliza Street, 1st floor, Providence, Rhode Island for Indecent Solicitation of a Child.
The arrest was the result of an investigation initiated by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force after receiving information alleging that an adult male was soliciting a juvenile female for sexually-oriented images and videos through the social media website Tagged.com. The investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for Andriole's residence and an arrest warrant for Andriole alleging that he was the person soliciting the juvenile for sexually-oriented images and videos. During the execution of the search warrant investigators arrested Andriole and seized digital media from the residence.
Scott Andriole was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court before the Honorable Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito Jr who set surety bail of $5,000.00 with stipulations not to have contact with anyone under the age of eighteen and not to use the internet. Magistrate Ippolito ordered Andriole held as a bail violator and set a bail violation hearing date of January 9, 2014.
Andriole was previously arrested by the members of the Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force in October 2012 and charged with Indecent Solicitation of a child. In that case Andriole is alleged to have solicited a twelve year old female to take sexually explicit photos of herself through facebook.com. Andriole was released on bail on the 2012 charge and the case is pending.
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, Woonsocket Police Department, Middletown Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Jamestown Police Department; and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Postal Inspection Services (USPS).